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Prefent thee here with a Hifiory of Argalus and 
Parthenia, the fruits of broken hours. It was 
a Ciens taken out of the Orchard of sir Philip 
Sidney, of precious memory, which I have lately 
grafted, upon a Crab-flock y in mine own. It hath brought 
forth many leaves, and promifes pleating fruit, if malevolent 
eyes blaji it not in the bud. This Book differs from my former y 
as a Courtier jfrom a churchman: But if any think it unfit for 
one to play both parts, I have prefidentsfor it : And let fuch 
know, that I have taken but one Play-day in fix : However, I 
fijou/d befijrew that hand that binds them all together to make 
one Volume. In this difrourfe, I have not affected to fetthy 
under faniing on the Rack^ by the tyranny of strong Lines p 
which {as they faluloufly report of China difhes)are made for 
the third generation to make ufe of, and are the meer itch of 
wit ; under the colour of which, many have venturedltrujling 
to the Oedipean conceit of their ingenious Kexder)to write 
non-fence, and felloniou fly father the created expo fit ions ofo- 
ther men^nct unlike fiome Painter sjvho frfl make the picture^ 
then y from the opinion of better judgments , conclude whom it 
refembles. Thefe lines are ftrong enough for my purpose : if 
not for thine, yet read them, and yet undcrjl..ndin?s may bs 


To the Reader, 

magnified by their weaknefs. Reader ,thoujhalt in the pr ogre Js 
of this Story, meet with adeeming Solcecifm-, which is this • 
Demagoras his fo foul a deed perpetrated upon the fair Par- 
thenia, U fully exprejl . and yet ; the revenge thereof patt o- 
ver in filenee*, wherein ( as 1 conceive ) 1 have not dealt tm- 
jufily. when Prometheus (tote fire from Heaven to animate 
and quicken his artificial bodies, thi fever er gods for punifb- 
ment offo high afacriledjgjflruck him not deaiwithafudden 
Thunder-bolt, but (to be more deeply avenge d)let him live y to 
be tormented with Vultures ^continually gnawing on his Liver* 
The fame kind of torture had Ixion • fo A^Sifyphus ; fr 
had Tantalus ; Did then Demagoras/b/J equal ( if not ex- 
ce-ed ) theirs, andffjould his punifhment be lejs ? Had my fen 
delivered him dead in your hands, what could you have had 
more?. His dec ur fed memory had foon rotted with his bafer 
name, and there hxd been an end of him : In which refpetf, I 
have fuffcred hhnto live, that he may Jl and like a Jack a 
Leather a Shroving Cockj for every one to fpend a Cudgil at y 
to the worlds end. Ladies, {for in your fill: en laps I know this 
Book will chu-Ce to liejvhich being far~fetchedjf the Stationer 
beivij'e, will be mofl fit for you)my fuit is, That you would be 
pleaj id to give the fair Parthenia/w noble entertainment : 
She hath croft the Seas for your acquaintance, and is come to 
live and die with you - } to who fc gentle hands I recommend her y 
and kifs them. 

"^Mit 4 ' •«. CARLES. 



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Ilthin the limits of tK Arcadian Land, 
I Whofe grateful bounty hath inricht the hand 
I Or many a Shepherd Swain,whofe rural Art 
'( Untaught to gloze, or with a double heart 
jTo vow diifembled Love ) did build to Fame 
Eternal Trophies of aPaftoral name : 
That fweet Arcadia ; which, in antick days, 
Was wont to warble out her well-tun'd lays 
To all the World ; and, with her Oaten Reed, 
Did (ing her love whilft her proud flocks did feed : 
Arcadia^, whofe defarts did claim to be 
As great a (harer in the Daphnean Tree, 


I %tgaitig and ff artflenfou Boo k i. 

As his, whofe louder i/Enead proudly fings 
Heroick conquefts of victorious Kings : 
There ( if th'exuberance of a word may fwell 
So high, that Angels may be faid to dwell) 
There dwelt that Virgin> that Arcadian glory, 
Whofe rare compofure did abftraft the ftory 
Of true Perfe&ion, modellizing forth 
The height of beauty, and admired worth; 
Her n ame Pwthenia^ whofe unnam'd defcent, 
Can fervebut as a needlefs complement, 
To gild Perfedion : She (hall boaft, alone, 
What bounteous Art, and Nature makes her own. 

Her Mother was a Lady, whom deep age 
More fill'd with honor, then difeafes $ fage, 
A modeft Matron, ftrid, referv'd, auftere, 
Sparing in Speech, but lib'ral of her Ear • 
Fierce to her foes, and violent where (he likes 5 
Wedded to what her own opinion ftrikes ; 
Frequent in Alms, and charitable Deeds, 
Of mighty fpirit, conftant to her Beads, 
Wifely fufpicious • but what need we other 
Then this ? She was the fair Partheniaes Mother, 
That rare Parthenu, in whofe Heavenly eye 
Sits Maiden mildnefs, mixt with Majefty ; 
Whofe fecret power hath a double skill, 
By frowns or fmiles to make alive, or kill ; 
Her Cheeks are like to Banks of faireft Flowers, 
Inricht with fweetnefs from the Twilight (hQwe«*s, 
Whereon thofe jars, which were fo often bred, 
Compofed were, betwixt the white and red : 
Her Hair wrought down beneath her I very Knees, 
As if thatKature, to fo rare a piece 


sook l fltgalttg and ffattfrenfa, 3 

Had meant a fhadow 5 laboring to (how, 
And boaft the utmoft that her hand could do : 
Like fmalleft Flax appeared her Nymph-like Hair, 
But onely Flax was not fo fmall, fo fair ; 
Her Lips like Rubies, and you'd think, within, 
[n ftead of Teeth, that orient Pearls had been : 
The whitenefs of her dainty Neck you know, 
If ever you beheld the new- fain Snore • 
Her Swan-like Brefts were like two little Spbears, 
Wherein, each azure line in view appears, 
Which, were they obvious but to every eye, 
All liberal Arts would turn Agronomy : 
Her flender wafte, her Lilly-hands, her Arms 
I dare not fet to view ; becaufe nil Charms 
Forbidden are : my bafliful Mufe defcends 
No lower ftep : Here her Commiffion ends, 
And by another Virtue doth enjoyn 
My Pen to treat Perfection more divine. 
The chafte Diana, and her Virgin crew 
Was but a Tyfe of one that fhould enfue 
In after-ages, which we find expreft, 
And here fulfill'd in chafte Parthenias Breft • 
True vertue was the objeft of her will $ 
She could no-ill, becaufe (lie knew no ill ; 
Her thoughts were noble, and her words not lavifli 
Yet free, bftt wifely weigh'd • more apt to ravifh, 
Then to entice 5 lefs beautified with Art, 
Then natural fweetnefs : In her gentle Heart 
Judgment tranfeended •, from her milder Bred 
^aflion was not exiled, but repreft : 
\ct voice cxcel'd 5 nay, had you heard her voice 
But warble forth, you might have had the choice, 
li ? To 

4 attgaipg and ffattpenfou boqu. 

To take her for fome fmooth-fac'd cherubin, 

Orelfe fome glorious Angel, that had been 

A treble fharer in th'eternal joys, 

Such was her voice, fuch was her heavenly voice : 

Merry, yetmodeft* witty, and yet wife 5 

Not apt to toy, and yet not too too nice 5 

Quick, but not raft ; Courteous, and yet not common ; 

Not too familiar, and yet (corning no man : 

In brief, who would relate her praifes well, 

Mttft firft bethink himfelf, what \ is t' excel. 

When thefe Perfedions had enhaunc'd the name 
OixMsParthenia, nimble-winged Fame 
Grew great with honor, fpreads her hafty Wings, 
Advanc'd her Trumpet, and away flie fprings, 
And with her full-mouth'd blaft flie doth proclaim 
Th'unmated glory of Parthenias name : 
Who now but fair ParthenU ? Whatreport 
Can find admittance in th* Arcaditn Court 
But fair ParihenUjisi Every folemn Fcaft 
Muft now be fweetned, honor'd, andpoffeft 
With high difcourfes of Partbeniacs glory, 
And every mouth muft breath Parfheniaes ftqry* 
The poet fummons now his amorous Quill, 
And fcorns affiftance from the Sacred Hill : 
The fweet-lipt Orator takes in hand to raife 
His prouder ftile, to fpeak PartheniaesipTaift* 
The curious Painter wifely dothdifplace 
Fair Venus, fets ParthenU in her place. 
The pleader burns his Books, difdains the Law, 
And falls in love with whom his eyes ne*r faw< 
Healths to the fair Partheniafty about 
At every board, whilst others, more devout, 


Book i. Ersalus and #attl)ente* 

Build Idols to her, and adore the fame, 
And Parrets learn to prate Parthemaes name : 
Some truft to fame, ibme fecretly difprize 
Her worth ^ fome emulates, and fome envies : 
Some doubt, fome fear left lavifh Fame belie her, 
And all that dare believe report, admire her. 

Upon the borders of the Arcadian Land 
Dwelt a Laconian Lord : Of proud command, 
Lord of much people, youthful, and of fame, 
More great than good, Dsmagoras his name : 
Of ftature tall, his body fpare and meager > 
Thick fhouldred, hollow cheek'd, and vifage eag^r, 
His gafhful countenance fwarthy, long and thin, 
And down each fide of his reverted Chin 
A lock of black neglefted Hair ( befriended 
With Warts too ugly to be feen ) defcended ; 
His rouling eyes were deeply funk, and hiew'd 
Like fire : 'Tis faid, they bliiter'd where they view'd, 
Upon his (houldersfrom his fruitful Crown, 
A rugged crop of Elf-locks dangled down : 
His hide all hairy ^ garifh his attire, 
And his Complexion meerly Earth and Fire ; 
Pcrverfe to all •, extenuating what 
Another did, becaufehediditnot: 
Maligning all mens anions but his own, 
Not loving aay and belov'd of none : 
Revengeful, envious, defperately ftaut, 
And in a word, to paint him fully out, 
That had the Monopoly, to fulfil 
All vice, the Hieroglyphick of all ill. 
He view'd fartheniaes face. As from above, 
Fire-balls of Lightning huri'd by angry J&e, 


6 Sftgalug and ff attflenfo. Boo ki. 

Confound th* unarm'd beholder at a blow, 
And leave him ruin'd in the place ; Even fo 
The Peerlefs Beauty of Partheniaes eyes, 
At the firft fight did conquer and furprize 
The lavifh thoughts of this amazed lover, 
Who void of ftrength to hide, or to difcover 
The tyrannous fcorching of his fecret fires, 
Prompted by Paffion, with himfelf confpires : 

Accursed Demagoras ! Into what a leaver 
Hath one look ftruck thy foul < O never > never 
To be recur d j if] had done amifs y 
Hath Heaven no e after Plagues inftore, but this ? 
Prometheus paints are not fijharp as thefe, 
Our fins yet labor d both of one difeafe - 
Our faults are equal: Bothfiole pre from He avert} 
Our faults alike y why are our Plagues uneven ? 
Be juft, O make notjuch unequal ods 
Of equal (ins: Bejujr, or el fe no gods : 
why fend ye downfuch Angels to the Earthy 
To mock poor mortals ? or of mortal birth 
iffuch a Heaven-like Paragon may be, 
why do ye not wound her as well as me ? 
But why do I implore your aids in vain, 
That arc the highefi Agents in my pain ? 
Poor wretch ! what hope of help can ye ajfure me, 
when onelyfhe that made the wound) can cure me ? 
Divine Parthenia, Earths unvalued Jewel: 
Would thou hadfl been lefs glorious, or lefs cruel : 
when fir ft thine eyes did to the[e eyes appear, 
I read the hiffory of my ruin there ^ 
Myneceffaryruine : Heaven, nor Hell 
Canfalve my fores ? by help of Prayer or Spell 5 


Book i. ^fgatus and 0artDenfa< 

Gu&i *rc unjufi 5 andif with charms, J haunt her, 

lier eyes are Counter-charms, , to inchant th' enchanter : 

why do I thus exulcerare my difeafe ? 

By adding torments, hope Itofndeeafel 

is not her cruelty enough, alone 

But mMff 1 bring frejb torments of my own ? 

Chear up Demagoras : 'Tis a wife mans fart 

jsiot to lofe ally if his unpraflisd art 

Serves not to gain : A Gamejler may not chufe 

Bis chance: It is [ome conqueft, not to lofe. 

Look to thyjelf: Let no injurious blajl 

Ofcolddefpair chill thy green wounds toofaji 

for time to cure : O, hope for no remijfion 

Ofpain, till Cupid fend thee a Phyfttian. 

She is a woman ; if a woman, then 

My title* s good : Women were made for men. 

She is a woman, though her heavenly brow 

Write Angel, and may /loop, although not now. 

Women, by looks, will not be understood 

Until their hearts advife withflejh and blood. 

She is a Woman, There s no reafon why, 

But (he ( perchance ) may burn as well as 1. 

Move then, Demagoras, /^Parthenia/vw** 

Theflrength of her own beauty, in thy wo : 

Fear not, what thou adorft ; begin to move, 

Chris-crofs foreruns the Alphabet of love. 

Tis halfperfecled, what is once begun - 

9 She is a woman, and /he mufl be won. 

Like as a Swain, whole hands have made a vow. 
And fworn alleageance to the peaceful Plow, 
Preft out for lervice in the Martial Camp, 
At firft ( unentred ) findes a livelefs damp, 


* SftsataS and #attBenfe* Booki. 

Beleag'ring every joynt, as often fwounds 
As here he views his Sword, or thinks of wounds, 
At length ( not finding any means for flying, 
Switcht and fpur'd on with defp'rate fear of dying ) 
He hews, he hacks, andinthemidfthe goes, 
And freflily deals about his frantick blows 5 
Even fo Demagoras, whofe unbred fafhion 
Had never yet fubfcrib'd to loves fweet pafliort, 
Being call'd a Combatant to Cupids field, 
Trembles, and fecretly refolves to yield 
The day without a parley, till at length, 
Fiercely tranfported by th'untutor'd ftrength 
Of his own paflion, he himfelf affures, 
That defp'rate torments muft have defp'rate cures : 
And thus to the divine Partheniaes ears 
Applies his Speech, devoid of doubts and fears. 

Fairejl of Creatures, if my ruder Tongue, 
To right it fe If , (houlddoyour patience wrong. 
And lawlefs paffion makes it too too free, 

blame your heavenly beauty and not me : - 
It was thofe eyes, thofe precious eyes that firjl 
Enforced my Tongue to fpeak, or Heart to burft : 
From thofe dear eyes ifrjl received that wound, 
which feeksfor cure, and cannot be made [oundj 
But by the hand that Jlruck ; To you alone, 

1 fue for help, that elfe mufl hepe for none : 
Then crown my joys, thou Antidote of defpair, 
And be as merciful as thou art fair ; 


Book i. Sirgalus and $>&u\)mi<i w 

Nature*, (the bounty of \vho\c liberal hand 

Made thee the Jewel of the Arcadian Land) 

Intended info rare a prize, to boaji 

Her wafer-piece : Hid Jewels are but If « 

Shine then, and rob not Nature of her due z 

But honor her, asffje hath honor d you. 

Let not the befl of all her works lie dead 

In the nice Casket of a Maidenhead : 

jvhatjhe would have reveal* d, O do not fn other ^ 

Tf/art ?nade in vain, unlefs thou make another • 

Give me thy heart, and for that gift of thine, 

Left thcuf/jouldf want a be a rt, id give thee mine\ 

As richly fraught with love y and lifting duty, 

As thou with virtue, or thine eyes with beauty* 

tti)y dof thou frown ? why does that Heavenly brow, 

Not made for wrinkles, few a wrinkle now 1 

Send forth thy brighter Sun-Jhine, and the while ? 

O lend me but the twilight of a fmile : 

Give me one amor om glance • why ft and! ft thou mitt: $ 

Difclofe tho[e rttby Lips, and grant myfuit : 

Speak ( love, ) or if thy doubtful mind be bent 

To file nee, let that file nee be co?ifent : 

Nor beg I love of alms, although in part, 

My words may J e em f empleadmy own defert. 

Dtfdain me not, although my thoughts defend 

Below the mfe Ives, t* enjoy (o fair a friend, 

I) that have oft with tears been fought t^, fue • 

And Queens have been his [ervants, that fervesyctt i 

The beauties ofallGtcczz have been at f rife 

To win the name of great Demagoras wife. 

And been defy? sd, not worthy to obtain 

$o high an honor 3 what they fought ( in vai 

B i I 

i* ^tgaius and #attl)ente, boai. 

I here p re Cent thee with, as thine own due^ 

jt being an honor jit for none but you : 

Speak then ( my love ) and let my Lips make known 

That I am either thine, or not mine own. 

Have you beheld when frefh Auroras eye 
Sends forth her early beams, and by and by 
Withdraws the glory of her face, and ftrowds 
Her cheeks behind a ruddy Mask of Clouds, 
Which, who believe in Err a Pater fay, 
Prelages wind, and bluftry ftorms that day. 
Such were Vartheniaes looks : In whofe fair face 
Rofes and Lillies, late had equal place, 
But now, *twixt Maiden baflifulnefs, andfpleeii, 
Rofes appear 'd, and Lillies were not feen : 
She pam'd a while, till at thelajft, fhe breaks 
Her long-kept angry filence, thus, andipeafcs. 

My Lord, 
Had your fir ong Oratory hut the art-, 
Te make me confciom of fo great defert, 
As you per [wade, Jlhould be bound in duty 
To praifc your Rhefrick xs yon fraije my beauty i 
Or if the frailty of my judgment could 
Flatter my thoughts fo grojly, as to hold 
Tour words for currant, you might boldly dare 
Count me as foolijh y as you term me fair. 
if yon -vie CoMtjhip fortune knows that I 
Hive not fo flrong a game, to fee the vie : 
Alas, m y skill du-rft nez er undertake 
To play the game, where hearts be jet atfiake : 
Needs mull the lo[s be great, when fuch have bin 
Seldom [<bUrv'dtofar them fellies that win : 

Book i. aygalus *ni ffanftcnta. ** 

You crave my Hearty my Lord, you cra< e withaL 

Too great a mifihiefi My poor heart's too [mil* 

To Jill the concave of fo great a brefl, 

ivhofe thoughts can f corn the amorous re que ft 

Of love- (ick Queens 7 and can requite the vdin^ 

Andfacliou6 ju/ts of Ladles with dijdain : 

Stoop notfo low beneath your Self {great Lord) 

To love Parthenia : Shall fo poor a word 

Stain your fair lips^ whofe merits do proclaim 

A more transcendent Fortune, than that name 

C An give ? Call down Jove's winged Purfuivant, 

And give his tongue the power to inch ant 

Some eafe Goddeft in your name y and treat 

A marriage ft ting fo fob lime, jo great 

A mind its yours, and fill the fruitful Earth 

with Heroes, fprung fromfo divine a birth : 

Partheniaes heart could never jet aspire 

So high : Her home-bred thoughts durft ne y r defire 

So fond an honor matcht with fo great pride, 

To hope for that, which Queens have been denyd* 

Be wife, my Lord • vouchfxfe not to repeat 

S * unfit a fuit : Be wife as you are great : 

Advance your neble thoughts, hazard no more 

To wrack your fortunes on fo fleet a (bore, 

That to the wifer world, it may be known, 

The lefs y are mine-, the more you are your own* 

Like as a guilty prifbner, upon whom 
Offended Juftice lately pafther doom, 
Stands trembling by, and hopelefs to prevail, 
Bauls not for mercy : but to the loath'd Jail 
Drags his fad Irons, and from thence commends 
A hafty fuit to his felcfted friend:^ 

B z Th 

*4 ^tgalus and |^art!)enta. Booki. 

That by the virtue of a quick Reprieve, 

The wretch might have fome few days more to live : 

Even fo Vemagoras^ whofe rewounded heart 

Had newly felt the unexpected irnart 

And fecret burthen of a defperate doom, 

Replies not, takes no leave, but quits the room^ 

Andinhisdiicontented minde, revolves 

Ten thojuiaria thoughts, and at the laft refolyes 

What courfe to run, relying on no other 

B.ut the afliftance oiParthemaes Mother. 

rthwith his fierce mifguided pailion drove 
His vandring fteps to the next neighboring grove, 
A keen Steletto in his trembling hand 

j rudely grip*d • upon his Lips did Hand 
A milk-white froth -, his eyes like flames ^ fometimes 
H < urfes Heaven . himfelf h and then the times - 7 
H aite ar the proud par the ma ; raves ; defpairs t 
>d fire rri his head rends off his tangled hairs • 
rfes the womb that bare him • bans the Fates, 
.! drunk with Spleen, he thus deliberates : 
7 dyft thou mt z Demagoras^ when as death 
hen&s thee a weapon ? Can the whining breath 
ntents and p.-: :Zo /z, {end, relief 
difira&itin') or* (r w age thy grief? 
' jl thou not the gods' ? or y rat her ', why 
i i not contemn^ and (corn their power y and die £ 
But fay ! Of whom dofl thou complain ? A woman. 
To whom (fond man) do ft hot* complain i' A woman. 
And ft ball a womans frowns have power to grieve thee f. 
Or fh all a woman s wanton [mile relieve thee ? 
F/cs fity Degniagor3S) (hall a ipomans eye 
Prevail, to make the font 'O'cv^ gora s die > 


Book i. Slrgalttg and $attljenfa» *? 

And, leave to after times an entred name 
Ittf Calender of fools 1 Rouze up forjhame 
Thy wafted fpirits • whet thy fpleen 9 and live 
Toberevengd: she, /be? that would not give 
Admittance to thy proffer d love, mufl drink 
The potion of thy hate: Stir then the fink 
Of all thypaffion ; where thou canfl not gain 
By fairer language, Tarquin like conftrain. 
But hold thy hand y Demagoras, andadvije* 
Art gives advantage oft where force denies : 
Sufpend thy fury : Make Partheniaes Mother 
The means : One Adamant will cut another : 
Sweeten thy Lips with amorous Oratory 5 
Affect her tender heart with the fad story 
Of thy dear love : Extol Partheniaes beauty : 
But mofl of ally urge that dejerved duty 
Thou ow'ft her virtue, and make that the ground 
Of thy fir ft love, that gave thy heart the wound : 
Mingle thy words with ftghs ; and it is meet; 
if thou can ft force a tear, to let her Jee 9 t, 
Againft thy will. Let thyfalje tongue forbear 
No vows, and though thou be eft for [worn > yet [wear: 
if ere thy barren Lips Jfjall chance to paufe, 
For want of words . Parthenia is the cauje, 
vho hath benumd thy heart • if ere they <ro 
beyond their lifts, Parthenia made them Jo : 
withal, be Jure, when ere thou jh alt advance 
The daughters virtues, let the glory glance 
(pon the prudent Mother : Women care not 
To heir too much of virtue, iftfteyjhare not. 
vhen thus thou haft pr e par d her melting ear 
To Joft attention^ cUJely, in the rear 

B 4 of 


g %tgalms and ^artpenta, boqU. 

Of thy difcourfe, prefer thy fad Petition 
Th it (he would pie aje to favor the condition 
Of a difi reffed lover 5 and afford 
In thy behalf^ a Mothers timely word • 
So (halt thou wreak thy vengeance by a wile, 
And make the Mother Baud to her own child. 

He paufed not - but like a rafh Proje&oic 
(Whole frantick Paflion was fupream Director) 
Fixt his firft thoughts, impatient of the fecond, 
Which might been bettered by advfce, and reckoned 
All time but loft, which he beftowed not 
On th'execution of his hopeful plot : 
Forthwith his nimble paces he divided 
Towards the Summer-Pakce^ where refided 
The fair Fartheniaes Mother 5 boldly enters. 
And after mutual complement adventers 
To break the Ice of his diffembled grief: 
Thus he complains, and thus he begs relief. 


The hopeful thriving ofmyfuit depends 
2 Ipon your geodnefs, and it recommends 
It fe If unto your favor, from ivhofe hand 
ft mnfl have fentence, or to faR y or ft and : 
Thrice Three times hath the Sovereign of the nighty 
Repair d hcr : empty horns with borrowed light y 
Since theft fad eye*, thc[e beauty'Mafted eyes, 
were (tricke-n by a light that did arife 


Book i. ^salus and |&artl)ettfo» ^ 

Fromyour blefi womb, whofc unajfw aged [mart 

Hath piercd my Soul, and wounded my poor Fie art : 

It is the fair Parthenia, whofe divine 

And glorious virtue led the fe eyes of mine 

To their own ruin : Like a wanton Flic, 

I dallied with the flame of her i right eye y 

Till I have burn amy wings. O, if to love 

Be held a [m y the guilty gods above 

( Beingfellow-fwners with w, and commit 

The fe If fame crimes ) may eaaly far don it. 

Q thrice divine Parthenia, that hafl got 

A [acred priviledg which the Gods have not, 

if thou hafl doomd that J [hall be bereaven 

of my loath' d life, yet let me die forgiven ; 

And welcome death that with one happy blow 

Gives me more eafe, than life could ever do. 

Madam, to whomfhould my fad words appeal 

But yon 1 Alas to whomfhould I reveal 

My dying thoughts , but unto you that gave 

Being to her y that hath the power to fave 

My wafted life • the language of a Mother 

Moves more than tears, that trickle from another. 

With that a well-diffemtted drop did jlide 

From his falfe eyes. The Lady thus reply 'd 5 

My Honorable Lord, 
if my untimely an fiver hath prevented 
Tome farther words, your paffion would have vented^ 
Pard / my hafle: which in a ruder faffjion 
Sought oncly to divide you from your pxfjion : 
The lore you bear Parthenia, muft claim 
The privilcdgc of mine ear, and in her name^ 


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( Though from an abfent mind, as yet unknown ) 

Return I thanks with interefl of mine own* 

The little judgment i that the gods have lent 

Her downy years ( though in a [mall extent ) 

Does challenge the whole freedom of her choice^ 

In the refignment of a Mothers voice : 

Thejprigbtly fancies of a Virgins mind 

Enter themf elves y and hate to be confnd : 

The hidden Embers of a lovers fire 

Ttefre no bellows y but their own defire ; 

And like to Dedalus his Forge ; if blown. 

Burns dim and dies ^ blazes, if let alone : 

Lovers affect without advifement, that 

which being mojlperfuadedio, they hate. 

My Lord, adjourn your pajfion, and refer 

The fortune of your fuit to time, and her. 

Like to a V in ace is a lovers mind, 

The fail his fane ie is ; a [iorm of wind 

His uncontrolled Pajjion - The St ears 

His Reafon - Rocks and Sands, are doubts and fears: 

your form being great, like a wife Pilot bear 

But little Sail, andfoutly plie the St ear : 

Leave then the violence of your thoughts to me % 

My Lord, too hajly gamejlers over fee. 

Go, move Parthenia -, and Juno's blefjing 

Attend your hopeful fuit, in the fupprcffi/ig 

Loves common evils ; and if her warm defire 

Shew but afpark, leave me to blow the pre. 

Go, lofe- no time : Lovers mufl be laborious • 

My Lord, go prosperous, and return victorious. 

With that; Vemagoras, ( proftrate on the ground, 
A- if his ears had heard that biefled found, 


Book i. strgalus and #artl)cma. 

Wherewith the VelphLtn Oracle acquites 
The accepted facrifice ) performs the Rites 
Of quick devotion, to that heavenly voice, 
Which fed his Souf with the malignant joys 
Of vow 'd revenge, up from the floor he ftarts, 
Bleffes the tongue that bled him, and departs. 

By this time, had the Heaven-furrounding Steeds 
Queli'd their proud courage, turn'd their fainting heads 
Into the lower Hemifphere, to cool 
Their flaming Noftrils in the Weftern Pool, 
When as the dainty and mollitious Air 
Had bid the Lady of the Palace, fhare 
In her refined pleafures, and invited 
Her gentle ftepts, fully to be delighted 
In thofe fweet w 7 alks, where Floras liberal hand 
Had given more freely^ than to all the Land. 
There walked (lie ; and in her varioA mind, 
Projects and cafts about which w T ay to find 
The progrefs of the young PartbenUes heart ; 
Likes this way : Then a fecond thought does thwart 
The firft ; likes that way $ then a third the fecond : 
One while fhe likes the match, and then /he reckoad. 
Demagoras virtues ; Now her fear entices 
Her thoughts to alter • then fhe counts his vices : 
Sometimes fhe calls his vows and oaths to mind % 
Another while 5 thinks oaths and words but wind. 
She likes.diflikes-, her doubtful thoughts do vary; 
Refolves, and then refolvcs the quite contrary. 
One while fhe fears that his malign afpec't 
Will give the Virgin caufe todifaficct : 
And then propounds to her ambitious thoughts 
His wealth, the Golden cover of all faulxs : 



SltgalttS and #attl)enfau Booki. 

And, from the chaos of her doubt, digefts 

Her fears $ creates a word of wealth 5 and refts. 

With that, fhe ftrait unfixt her faftned eyes 

From off the ground 3 and looking up, efpies 

The fair Parthenia, in a lonely bowre, 

Spending thetreafure of an Evening hour : 

There fate fhe, reading the fweet fad difcourfes 

Of CaricleaslovQ ; theentercourfes 

Of vvhofe mixt fortunes taught her tender heart 

To feel the felf-fame joy, the felf fame fmart ; 

She read, fhe wept- and,as fhe wept,fhe fmii'd, 

As if her equal eyes had reconciled 

Th' extreams of joy and grief: She clos'd the Book> 

Then open'd it, and with a milder look, 

She pities lovers 5 mufing then a while, 

She teaches fmites jp weep, and tears to fmile : 

At length,her broken thoughts fhe thus difcovers, 

Vnconftantjtateofpor di ; Jt 're (fed lovers ! 
Is all extr earn in love ? No mem at all i 
No draughts indiff rent* Either Honey or Gall i 
Hath Cupids univerfe no temfrate Zone ? 
Either a torrid, or a frozen one 1 
Alas, alas, poor Lovers f As fhe fpake 
Thofe words from her difclofed Lips, there brake 
A gentle figh ; and after that another 
With that, fteps in her unexpe&ed Mother. 

Have ye beheld, when Titans luftful head 
Hath newly div'd into the Sea-green Bed 
OiThetisy how 7 the bafhful Horizon 
( Enforced to fee what fhould be ken by none ) 
Looks red for fliamc, and blufhes to difcovef 
Th'inceftuous pleafures of the Heaven-born lover i 

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^ 1 ■ — i ■ — • ii na*wM9»> 

So look'd Parthenia, when the fuddqn eye 
Of her unwelcome Mother did defciy 
Her fecret paflion : The Mothers fmile 
Brought forth the Daughters blu/h,and level coyl 
They f mil'd and bluflit 5 one fmile begat another : 
The Daughter bluflit, becaufe the jealous Mother 
Smil'd on ner - and the filent Mother finil'd. 
To fee the confcious blufhing of her child : 
At length grown great with words, fhe did awake 
Her forced filence, and- (he thus befpake. 

Blufb not, myfairefl Daughter ; 'tis nofbamc 
To -pity lovers, or Ument that flame \ 
which worth and beauty kindles in the breft ; 
*Ti$ charity to fuccor the distreft. 
The difpofltion of a generous heart 
Mak's every grief her own ; at lea/l, bears part, 
what Marble^ ah what Adamantine ear 
E're heard the flames of T toy ^ without a tear ? 
Much more the fcorching of a lovers fire, 
( whofe defperatefewel is his own defire ) 
May boldly challenge every gentle heart 
To be joynt -tenant in his fecret [mart, 
why daft thou bluff j f why did t ho fe pearly tears 
Slide down 1 Fear not : This arbor hath no ears : 
Here's none but we ; Jpeak then : It is nofhamt 
To (bed a tear • thy Mother did the fame : 
Say, hath the winged wanton, with his dar t 3 
Sent ere a meffage to thy wcunded heart < 
Speak \in the name of Hymen^/ conjure thee* 
iffo, I have a baljamffjallrecure thee 7 
/ fear ,/ fear jhe young Laconian Lord 
Hath lately left fome indigested word 

• ■*! ■' 

*4 avsaitts and #att&ema. booh. 

In thy coUjlomAck - ithich, for want of art 

I doubt, I doubt 7 lies heavy at thy heart* 

jfthat be all, revealing brings relief* 

Silence in love, but multiplies a grief \ 

Hid Sorrow s defperate, not to be endurd, 

which being but difclos'd, is easly curd : 

Ter chance thou lov'Jl DemagoraS, and wouldft fmother 

Thy cloje affection from thy angry Mother, 

And reap the dainty fruits of love unfeen t 

I did the like, or thou hadji \ never been. 

Sto/n goods arefweete/t. if it be thy mind 

To love in jeer et, I mil be as blind 

As he that wounded thee • or if thou dare 

Acquaint thy Mother, then a Mothers care 

Shall be redoubled, till thy thoughts acquire 

The fweet fruition of thy choice defire : 

Thou lov 9 fl Demagoras : If thy Lips deny, 

Thy confeious Heart muftgive thy Lips the lie : 

And if thy liking countermand my will, 

Thy punifhment (hall be to love him fi ill : 

Then love him fill, and let his hopes inherit 

The crown belonging to [of air a merit ; 

His thoughts are noble, and his fame appears 

To [peak, at leaf, an age above his years : 

The blood of his increasing honor springs 

From the high flock of the Arcadian Kings. 

The gods have blejl him with a liberal hand, 

Enricht him with the prime of all the Land : 

Honor and wealth attend his Gates, and what 

Can he command that he poffeffe'j not t 

All which, and more, {if Mothers can divinf) 

The fortune of thy beauty hath made thine 3 


Book e atygaU iS and jftavtfjenfo. 2 j 

£te /V /-/^ C apt he, and thy conquering ties 
Have took him prisoner ; he fubmits, and lies 
At thy dear mercy, hoping tier to be 
Random a from death, by any price ^ bat the?: 
Wrong not thyje/f in being too too nice, 
And what{perchance)may not be prefer d twice ^ 
Accent at first : It is a fool if: mind 
To be too coy : OccallonV bald bc-hlnd. 
Tis not the common work of every day 
T* afford \u:h offer s-, take them while you ma 'fa 
Times alter: Youth and Beauty are but bUfis* 
life then thy time \avhilf youth and beauty lafisi 
For if that loath 3 dan dm famous reproach 
Ofafald Maid, but ofer to inctoalh 
Upon opinion, th'art in eflrmatton, 
Like garments kept till they be oat cffaffjhn ; 
Thy worth,thy wit, thy virtues all muff fland 
Like 'roods at out- cries, pri^'d at fecund hand . 

O ' J I P 

Refolze thee then, t enlarge thy Virgin-life 
with tl/ honorable freedom of a wife : 
And let the fruits of that bleft marriage be 
A living ple'dge betwixt my child and me. 

So (aid ; the {mParthenia (in whole heart 
Her ftrong affection yet had got die ftart 
Of her obedience ) makes a Hidden pade, 
Strives with her thoughts \ objects the biiiding laws 
Of filial duty to her beft aflc&ian, 
Sometimes rabmits unto her o\1 1: election. 
Sometimes unto her Mothers : thns divided 
In her diftra&ed fancy, fornetirnes guided 
By one defire, and fometirnes by another, 
i>fie thus reply'd to her attentive Mothtr : 

C M*dam D 

2 6 ^rgalttg and ftaytpenfc Booki. 

Madam y 

Think not Varthcnh^under a pretence 

Offilence, Jludies disobedience : 

Or by the crafty flownefs of reply ; 

Borrows a quick advantage to deny : 

It lies not in your power Jo command 

Beyond my will . unto your tender hand 

J here furrender up that little All 

Yon gave me >, freely to difpofe wit hall: 

The gods forbid } Panhtnh/Jjould refijl 

what you command, command you what you lift : 

Bat pardon me, the young Laconian Lord 

Hath made afjaujt, but never yet could board 

This heart of mine : I wept, I wept indeed, 

But my mii'conll rued fir earns did ne'r proceed 

From Cupids firing: This blubber d Book makes known 

who fe griefs I wept-, I wept mt-fer mine own^ 

My lowly thoughts durfi never yet affire 

The lea /!' degree towards the proud defirf 

Of fo. great honor, to be caltd his wife, 

For whom ambitious Queens have been at fir if e •- 

He fudfor lo ve, and fir on ^ ly did importune 

My hearty more pleaded with a meaner fortune : 

Aiy breafl wa<s marble, and my heart for not 

Mlfitty y for indeed, llovdhim not: 

But Madam y you, to whfe more wife directions 

I bend the flout ejt of my rafh affections, 

Tou have, commanded) and your will fjj all he 

The fquare of my uuc ven de fires, and me : 

fie p ra ctije dut y, a nd m y deed (hall (Jjo w it : 

tie praclife love, though Cupid never know it, 


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When great Bafiliusfa whole Princely hand 
Nourifht long peace in the Arcadian Land ) 
With triumph brought to hissxnounedCourc 
His new efpoufed Queen, was great reibrt 
Of Foreign States, and Princes, to behold 
Thctruthjthat unbeliev'd report hath told 
Of fair Gynecia's worth : Thither repaired 
The Cyprian Nobles, richly all prepar'd 
In warlike furniture, and well addreft, 
With folemn Joufts to glorifie the Feaft 
Of Marriage Royal, lately pad between 
TK Arcadian King, and his thrice noble Queen^ 
The fair Gynecia> in whofe face and breft, 

Nature, and curious art had done their beft, 

To fum that rare perfe&ion, which (in brief) 

Tran (tends the power of a ftrong belief: 

Her Syre was the Cyprian King, whofe fame 

Receiv'd more honor from her honor'd name, 

Than if he had with his vi^orious hand, 

Unfceptred half the Princes in the Land : 

To tell the glory of this Royal Feaft, 

The Bridegrooms (late, and how the Bride was drcft ; 

The princely fervice, and the rare delights ; 

The feveral names and worth of Lords and Knights 5 

JThe quainttf»^f*jVs, their devifeful (hows ^ 
I heir Martial (ports, their oft redoubled blows 3 

The courage of this Lord, or that proud Hotfe^ 

Who ran, who got the better, who theworfe. 

Is not my task > not lies it in my way, 

To make relation pf it : Heraulds may : 

Yet fame and honor have felefted one 

From that illuftrious crue 5 and him alone 

C 2 Hare 


*8 XtQtilM and $mtyni&. BookL 

Have recommended to my careful Quill, 
Forbidding that his honor fhould lie ftill 
Among the reft,whom fortune and his fpirit 
That day,had crowned with a vigor's merit : 
His name was Argdus, in Cyprus born : 
And ( if what is not ours, may adorn 
Our proper fortunes ) his Blood Royal fprings 
From thancient ftock of the great Cyprian Kings 
His out-fide had enough to fatisfie 
The expectation of a curious eye : 
Nature was too too prodigal of her beauty, 
To make him half fo fair, whom fame and duty 
He ought to honor, calf d fo often forth, 
T'approve the excellence of his manly worth: 
His mind, was richful furnifht with the treafure 
Of Moral knowledge,in fo liberal meafure, 
Not to be proud : So valiant and fo ftrong 
Of noble courage, not to dare a wrong : 
Friendly to all menanward but with few- 
Fail to his old friends, and unapt fotf new : 
Lord of his word,and mafter of his paflion, 
Serious in bufinefs, choice in recreation: 
Not too miftruftful, and yet wifely wary • 
Hard to refolve, and then as hard to vary : 
And to conclude, the world could hardly find 
So rare a body with fo rare a mind. 


Book i. ^rsaltts and 0attDenta. 31 


Thrice had the bright furveyer of the Heaven 

Divided out the days and nights by even 

And equal hours, fince this child of fame 

( Invited by the glory of her name, ) 

Firft view a Parthenias face,whofe mutual eye 

Shot equal flames, and with the iecret tye 

Of undifclos'd affedion, joyn'd together 

Their yielding hearts, their loves unknown to either-: 

Both dearly lov'd ; the more they ftrove to hide 

Their love, affedion they the more defcry'd. 

It lies beyond, the power of art to f mother 

Affection^ where one virtue findes another ._ 

One was their thoughts, and their defires one, 

And yet both lov'd,unknown; belov'd,unknown: 

One was the Dart, that at the felf-fame time 

Was fent, that wounded her,that wounded him, 

Bothhop'd, both fear'd alike, both joy \J, bothgriev'd- 

Yet, where they both could help, was none reliev'd ! 

Two lov'd, and two beloved were, yet none 

But two in all, and yet that all but one, 

By this time had their barren Lips bjtray'd 

Their timorous filence • now they had difplay'd 

Loves fanguine colours, whilft the winded Child 

Sate in a Tree, andclapt his bands, and imil'd 

To fee the combat of two wounded friends. 

He ftrikes and wounds himfelf, while ihe defends 

That would be wounded, for her pain proceeds, 

And flows from his, and from his wound ihe bleeds- 

C 4 She 

3* fltgains ^d ^artt)cnfa, BookL 

She plays at him, and aiming at his breft, 
Pierc'd her own heart : And when his hand addreft 
The blow to her fair bofom 5 there it found 
His own dear heart, and gave that heart the wound : 
At length both conquer'd^and yet both did yield. 
Both loft the day, and yet both won the field : 
And as the warfare of their tongues did ceafe, 
Their Lips gave earned of a joyful peace. 

But O the hideous chances that attend 
A lovers progress to hisjournies end ! 
How many defprate nibs^ and dangers wait 
Each minute on his miserable (late ! 
His hopes do huild^ what fir aight his fears dejlroy : 
Sometimes be forfeits with excefsofjoy : 
Sometimes de f pairing ere to find relief 
He roars beneath the tyranny of grief ; 
And when loves current runs with greatest force <> 
Seme obvious mifchief ftill difiurbs the course ; 
For lo, no fooner the difcovered flame 
Of thefe new parted lovers did proclaim 
Loves facred Jubilee^but the Virgin Mother 
(The pofture of whofe vifagedid difcover 
Some ferious matter, harb'ring in her breft ) 
Enters the room : Half angry, half in jeft, 
She thus began: My de are ft child ^ this night j 
when as the file nt darknefs did invite 


Book i. argalus and $att&ettfa» 35 


Mine eyes tojlumber, fundry thoughts pojfefl 
My troubled mind, androbb'd me of my refi 5 
/ (left not, till the early Bugle-horn 
d/Chaunticlere hadfummond in the morn 
T attend the light ^ and nurfe the new born Day. 
At /aft, when Morpheus, with his Leaden Key 
Had lock'd myfenjes, and inlargd the power 
Of my Heav'n guided fancy, jfr an hour 
1 flumbred • and before my (lumbring eyes, 
One, and the [elf fame dream presented thrice ; 

I wak'd • and being frighted at the Vifion, 
Perceivd the gods hid made an Apparition. 

My dream was this : Me thought I faw thee fitting 

J) refi like a Princely Bride, with Robes befitting 

The St Ate ofMajefiy • thy Nymph-like Hair 

Loe/ly dijbevela, and thy Brows did bear 

A Cyprefs wreath • and ( thrice three moneths expird ) 

Thy pregnant womb grew heavy y and required 

LucinaV aid • with that me thought I faw 

A team ofharnefi Peacocks fiercely draw 

A fiery Chariot from the flit ing skie, 

jrherein there fat the glorious Majefly 

Of great Saturnia, on whofe train attended 

A hoft ofgoddeffes - Juno descended 

From out the faming Chariot y and blefl 

Thy painful womb • Thy pains a while increaft? 

At length flje Lad her gentle palms upon 

Thy fruitful 'flank ? and there was born a Con. 


3* ^rgalas and ^attgema. 

She made thee Mother of a fmilingBoy, 
And after y hlefl thee "with a Mothers joy ', 
She ktfi the Babe y whofe fortune foe foretold* 
For on his he ad (he fet a crown of gold 5 
Forthwith, as if the Heavens had cloven in\ r un&eY ', 
Me thought 1 heard the horrid noife of thunder : 
The hail for md down, and yet the skie was clear, 
Some Hailjlones that defcended did appear, 
As Orient Pearls, fome like refined Gold, 
whereat the goddess turnd, andfaid, Behold, 
Great Jove hath fent a gift • goforth y andtake't \ 
Thus having (poke, fhe vanijbt, and I wak 9 d : 
iwak'd, and waking trembled • for I knew 
They were no idle paff ages, that grew 
From my diflempered thoughts ; 'twas not a vam 
Delufion roving from a troubled hrain. 
It was a vifion> and the gods fore [pake 
Vaxtkzmzts for tune ? Gods cannot miflake. 
llik'd the dream, wherein the Heavens foretold 
Thy joyful Marriage, andthefhower of Gold 
Betokened wealth : The Infants Golden Crown, 
Enfu'tng honor : Juno's coming down, 
Afafe deliverance • and the fmiling Boy 
Sumd up the total of a Mothers joy ; 
But what the wreath OfCypxe(s{that was fet 
Upon thy nuptial Brows ) pre fag 3 d, as yet 
The gods keep from me : if that fe ere t do 
Fort end and evil, He av 'n keep it from thee too, 
Advife Parthenia : Seek not to withftand 
The plot wherein the gods vouch fafe a hand : 
Submit thy will to theirs ^ what they injoyn, 
ftluft be • nor lies it in my power, or thine 

Book i. atgatasund ^t taenia. 37 

To contradict : Endeavor to fulfil 

what elfe muft come to pafs again ft thy will : 

Now by the filial duty thou doe [I bear 

The gods and me^ or if ought elfe more dear 

Can force obedience - as thou hop' ft to [peed 

At the gods hands ^ ingreatejl time of need - 

By Heaven, by Hell, by all the powers above \ 

I here conjure Parthenia to remove 

All fond conceit s y that labor to disjoyn 

what, Heaven hath knit, Demagoras heart and thine • 

The gods are faithful • and their wifdoms know 

what's better for m mortals, than we do : 

Doubt notirny child) the gods cannot deceive, 

what Heaven does offer, fear not to receive 

With thankful hands ^ pafs not (o flight ly over 

The dear affection offo true a lover : 

Pity his flames , relieve his torturd breft, 

That findes abroad no joy, at home no refi : 

But, like a wounded Hart before the Hounds, 

That flies with Cupid's javelin in his wounds : 

Stir up thy rak'd up embers of de fire • 

The gods will bring in fewet andhlow the Hre\ 

Be gentle • let thy cordial f miles revive 

His wafted [pints, that onely cares to live 

To do thee honor : It was Cupid'/ will, 

The Dart he fent, fhould on eh wound, not kill ; 

field then : and let the engagd *od$ pour down 

Their promh'd bleffing i on th ) hi ad, and croivn 

Thy youth with joys • and maifl thou after be 

As ble/f in thine, us I am bleft. in th-je. 

So laid 3 the fair Parthenia, to whofc heart 
Her fact deflrcs had taught th'unwiiling Art 

33 SltflaittS! and i&attljenfou Booki. 

Of difobedience, calls her judgment in, 
And, of two evils, determines it a fin 
More venial, by a refolute denial, 
To prove undutiful, than be difloyal 
To him, whofe heart a facred Vow had tied 
So faft to hers 5 and ( weeping ) thus replied. 

The angry gods have late confpird to fhow 
The utmojt their inraged hands could do , 
And having laid a fide all mercy , jl retch 
Their power ', to make one miserable wretch , 
whofe curfl and tortur d \oul mufl onely he 
The fubjefi of their wrath • and I am (he. 
Hard is the cafe / My dear de fires muflfail^ 
My vows mufl crack, my flighted faith befrail^ 
Or elfe affeBion mujl be fo exifd 
A Mothers hearty that [he renounce her child. 

And as (lie fpake that word, a flowing tide 
Oftearsgufhtout, whole violence deny'd 
Th' intended paffage of her doubling tongue * 
She ftopt a while, then on the floor flie flung 
Her proftrate body, while her hands did tear 
( Not knowing what they did ) her dainty hair : 
Sometimes (he ftruck the ground, fometimes her breft 3 
Began fome words, and then wept out the reft : 
At laft, her livelefs hands did, by degrees, 
Raife her caft body on her feeble knees, 
And humbly rearing her fad eyes upon 
Her Mothers frowning vifage, thus went on. 

Upon thefe knees^ thefe knees that ne'r were bent, 
To you in vain • that never did pre fen? 


Bo ok i. 3Ugalug and ff art pente* 39 

Their unrewarded duty : never rofe 
Without a Mothers blejfng ; upon thofe ^ 
Upon thofe naked knees 1 recommend 
To your dear thoughts , thofe torments that attend 
Your poor Parthenia, rvhoje unknown difirefs 
Craves rather deaths than language to express. 
# r hatfhall I do ? Demagoras and death 
Sound both alike to thefe fad ears ; that breath 
That names the one, does nominate the other : 
No, no, I cannot love him ^ my dear Mother. 
Command Parthenia now to undergo death you pleafe, and thefe quick hands fhallfiotP 

The fealofmy obedience in my heart : 

The gods them f elves, that have a fecret art 

To force affection, cannot violate 

The Law of Nature ^ nor the courfe of Fate. 

Can Earth forget her burthen, and afcend £ 

Or can ttiafpiring flames be taught to tend 

To the Earth'*, ff fire defc end, and Earth afpire, 

Earth were no longer Earth, nor Fire, Fire : 

Even Jo , by Nature, 'tis all one tome, 

To love Demagoras and not to be : 

No, no, the Heavens can do no act that's oreater^ 

Than {having made fo) to preferve their creature : 

And think yon that the righteous Gods will fill me 

if'ithfuchfalfejoys, as ( tfinjoyd ) would kill me ? 

I know that they are merciful^ what they 

Command, they give a power to obey : 
, The joyful n fun that ypur (lumbring eyes 

Of late beheld, did pro wife and ' comprife 

A fairer fortune, than the Heavens can fh are 

the poor Partheniaes/HW/ ; whomdejpair 


v> %rgaiqg and ffaytflenfou &**!, 

Jlath fwaflow'd : Tour prophet ick dream defer/ d 

A Royal Marriage ; pointed out the Bride : 

Her fafe deliverance ; and her failing fon » 

Honor and wealth $ and after all was done, 

There wants a Bridegroom : Him, th* Heavens have feaCi 

Within my BreH, by me, to be reveaPd 5 

which if your patience jhall vouch fafe to hear, 

My Lips fhall recommend unto your ear, 

when as Bafilius ( may whofe royal hand 
Long (way the Scepter <>/>// Arcadian Land ) 
From Cyprus brought his more than Princely Bride, 
The fair Gynecia 5 ( whom as Greece denyd 
An equal • fo the world acknowledged none 
As her fuperior in perfection ;) 
Upon this Ladies royal train, and flat e 
A great concourfe of Nobles did await, 
And Cyprian Princes, with their Princely port, 
To fee her crown d in the Arcadian Court : 
llluftriom Princes were they • but, as far 
As midnight Phoebe outshines a twinkling far ; 
So far, among ft this rout of Princes, one 
Surpafl the refl y in honor and renown : 
whofe perfect virtue findes more admiration 
In the Arcadian Court, than imitation ; 
In th 9 ex lie nee of his outward Parts, and feature, 
The world conceives, the curious hand of Nature 
Out -went it [elf ; which being richly fraught 
Andfurnifht with iranfeendent worth, is thought 
To be the chofen fortrefs for protection 
Of all the Arts, and ftorc-houfe of Perfection : 
The Cyprus flock did ner,till now, bring forth 
So rare a Branch^ whofe undervalued worth 


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Brings greater glory to the Arcadian Land, 

Than can the dull Arcadians under Jland : 

His name is Argalus; 

He ( Madam ) was that Cyprefs wreath, that crown & 

My nuptial brows . And now the Bridegrooms fount 

Cloath y d in the myftry of that Cyprefs wreath • 

which, fnce the better gods havepleaj'dto breath 

Into my foul \ O may I ceafe to bee 

/fought but death fart Argalus and me: 

Tet does myjafe obedience not withjland 

what yon deftre, or what the gods command : 

For what the gods command is your defire 

Vanhcnixfljould obey, and not refpire 

Again (I their [acred counsels, or withjland 

The plot, wherein they have vouch jaf'd a hand : 

We mustfubmit our wills ; what they enjoy n 

Musi- be • nor lies it in your power or mine^ 

To crofs : We mujl endeavor to fulfil 

what el[e mujl come to pafs again ft our will* 
My vows are pajl, andfecond Heavens decree, 
Nothing [hall part my Argalus and me. 

So faid •, tlVimpatient Mothers kindled eye 
( Half clofed with a murtherous frown ) let flie 
A fcorching Fire-ball, from whence was fhed 
Some drops of choler • fternly (hakes her head • 
With trembling hands unlocks the door, and flees, 
Leaving Parthenia on her aking knees : 
And as (lie fled, her fury thus began 
To open, And is Argalus the man < 
But there fhe flops, and driving to exprefs 
What rage had prompted, could do nothing lefs. 

D All 

4» atgalug and $attj)enfo* Booki . 

All you who fe dear affections have been tojl 
In Cupids Blanket, andunjuftly croji 
By wilful Parents, rvhofe extream command 
Hath made you, groan beneath their tyrannous hand, 
That take a furious pleasure to divorce 
Tour fouls from your befi thoughts, ( nay, what is worfe 
Than torture ) force your fancies to refpetf, 
And dearly love, whom mo ft you dij affect ; 
D raw near, and comfort the diftrejfed heart 
Of poor Parthenia 5 let your eyes impart 
One drop at leaf : And who\oer thou be 
That read' ft thefe Lines y may thy defires fee 
The like fuccejs, if reading, thou forbear. 
To wet this very Paper with a tear. , 

Behold ( poor Lady ) how an hours time 
Hath pluck'd her faded Rofes from their prime, 
W ho like an unregarded ruine, lies, 
With deaths untimely image in her eyes : 
She, {he, whom hopeful thoughts had newly crown'd 
With promis'd joys, lies grov'ling on the ground •, 
Her weary hand fuftains her drooping head 5 
( Too foft a Pillow for fo hard a Bed ) 
Her eyes fwoln up, as loth to fee the light, 
That would difcover fo forlorn a fight : 
The flaxen wreath of her negleded hairs 
Stick faft to her pale Cheeks with dried tears • 
Andatfirftblufii, fhefeems, as if it were 
Some curious ftatue on a Sepulchre : 
Sometimes her briny Lips would whifper thus 5 

My Argalus, My dear eft Ar galas : 
And then they clos'd again, as if the one 
Had kid the other, for that fervice done. 


Book i. Sltsalus a nd ffattpcnftu 43 

In naming Ar<zAlus : Sometimes oppreft 

With a deep iigh, Hie gave her fainting breft 

A fudden ftroke ; and after that another, 

Crying, Hard fortune^ Qhard-ht&rted Mother \ 

And fiek with her own thoughts, her paffion ftrove 

Betwixt the two extreams of grief and love : 

The more (he griev'd, the more her love abounded : 

The more flie lov'd, the more her heart was wounded 

With defp'rate grief : at length, the tyrannous force 

Of love and grief, fent forth this felf difcourfe. 

How art thou changd ( Parthenia ) how hath paffion 

Put all thy thoughts andjenjes out of faff j ion ? 

Exil'd thy little judgement^ and betray d thee 

To thine own felf? How nothing hnth tt made thee 

How is thy weather-beaten \oul oppreft 

with It or ms and tempers blown from the North-eaft 

Of cold de fp air ? which y long ere this^ had found 

Eternal reft 5 had been overwhelmed and drown d 

In the deepgulfofall my mi\eries y 

Had I not pumpt this water from mine eyes 5 

My Argalus 5 O where^ O where art thou i 

Thou little thinkft thy poor Parthenia now 

Is torturdfor thy fake • alas, ( dear heart / ) 

Thou knoweft not th'unfuffcrable Jmart 

J undergo for thee : Thou do ft not keep 

A Regifter ofthofefad tears J weep^ 

JVo, no^ thou do ft not. 

Well^ well 5 from henceforth^ Fortune, do not f pare 

To do the rvorft thy active mifchiefdare ^ 

Devife new torments y or repeat the old^ 

Until thou bur (i , or I complain: Behold y 

As bitter 5 idifdainthyrage, thy power 5 

D 2 who 

44 $rs&Ut£f and ^att ftenfa* BookL 

wbos level' d with the Earth, can fall no lower 5 

Do •, fpit thy venome forth \ and temper all 

Thy pit died actions with the fpirit of gal I : 

Thy practised malice can no charm device 

Too fur e for Argalus to exercije t 

His love /hall fweeten deaths and make torture 

My fpoftful pajfime, to make hours fo or ter : 

His 'love fh all fill my hearty and leave no room 

wherein your rage may practice Martyrdom. 

But ere that word could uflier out another* 

The tender Virgins marble- hearted mother, 

Enters the Chamber $ w ith a chang'd afpeift 

Beholds Parthenia • with a new reiped: 

Salutes her child, and ( having clos'd the door ) 

Her helpful arm removes her from the floor 

Whereon (he lay, and being fet together, 

In gentle terms, ihe thus did commune with her 1 

Perverfe Parthenia, is thy heart forworn 
To Argalus his love, that it muft fcorn 
Demag'ras f are your fouls enjoynd fo clo[e y 
That my entreaty may not interpose i 
if JO) what help f yet let a Mothers care 
Be not contemn d> that bids her child beware, 
ihe Sickle that's too early, cannot reap 
A fruitful Harvefi ; look before you leap. 
Adjourn your thoughts^ and make a wife delay, 
You cannot me a fur e Virtue in a day • 
Virtues appear, but Vices balk the light • 
'Tis hard to read a vice at the fir fl fight. 
Falfe are thofejoys that are not mixt with doubt) 
Fire eafly kindled, will not eafily out : 


Book i. % tgams and laartijenia, 45 

Divide that love, which thou beflowd on one, 

Twixt two • try bothy then take the bejl or none : 

Confult with time $ for time bewrays, di (covers : 

The faith y the love y the con ft amy of lovers. 

Acts done in haft, by leifure are repented, 

And things y f'oon paft y are oft too late lamented. 

With that Parthenia rifing from her place, 

And bowing with incomparable grace, 

Made this reply : Madam y each Jeveral day 

Since fir ft yon gave this body bein^, may 

ivrite a large volume of your tender care y 

ivhofe hourly goo dnef's, if it (ho// Id c ompare 

with my dejerts, alas, the world would J how 

Too great a f/tm for one poor heart to owe, 

J muft confefs my heart is not fo fvcrn 

To Argalus his merit y m to (com 

Demagoras •, nor yet fo loo fly tide ,' 

That 1 can flip the knot, andfo divide 
Entire affection, which muji "not be feve/d^ 
Nor ever can be ( but in vain ) endeavored : 
My heart is one, and by one power oy/ided : 
One is no number y cannot be divided : 
And Cupids learned Schoolmen have refolvdy 
That love divided, is but love diffnlvd : 
But yet, what plighted faith and honor may 
Not mw undo y your counfel (hall delay. 
Madam^ Partheniaes hand u not fo greedy, 
To reap her corn, before her com he ready : 
Her unadvifed fickle foal I not thrujl 
Into her hopeful Harvefl, ere needs mufl : 
To yours, Parthenia (ball fubmit her skill, 
rrhjfejcafonjha/l be (eafcndhy your will: 

46 ^rgalus and 0attl)snfa» booh. 

Her time cfHarveftfaall admit no me afar e^ 
But oncly what's -proportioned by your pie a fare* 
So ended (he ; but till that darknefs got 
The maft'ry of the light, they parted not : 
The Mother pleads ior the Laconian Lord ; 
The daughter ( whole impatience had abhorr'd 
His very name, had not her Mother fpok't ) 
She pleads her vow, v hich cannot be revok't : 
Yet ftill the Mother pleads, and does omit 
No way untry'd, that a hard-hearted wit 
Knows to devxfe : perfwadcs^ allures, intreats, 
Mingles her words with fmilcs, with tears, with threa 
Commands, conjures, tries one way, tries another. 
Does th* utmofi that a marb!e-brcfted Mother 
Can do - and yet tlie more flie did apply, 
The more (\':q t:\up;ht PaytherJa to deny • 
The more (he did allault, the more contend, 
The mure (he taught the Virgin to defend : 
At laft, defpairing ( for her words did iind 
More hopes ro move a Mountain than her mind ) 
She fpake no more : but from her chair (lie ftarted> 
And (pit thefe words, Go peevifb GirK and parted I 
Awjy (he flings, and finding no fuccefs 
In her loft words, her fury did addrefs 
Her raging thoughts to a new ftudied plot : 
Actions mail now enforce, what words could not. 
Treafon is in her thoughts : her furious breath 
Can whifper now no language under death : 
Poor ArgdiM muft die, and his remove 
Muff make the paiTage to Demagoras love: 
And till that bar be broken, or put by, 
No hope to fpeed : Foot Argahu mult die. 

Book i. strgatus and jaattljcnta. 49 


Demagoras is call'd tocounfel now, 
Confiilts, confents, and after mutual vow, 
Refolving on the aftj they both confpire 
Which way to execute their clofe defire : 
Drawing his keen Steletto from his fide, 
Madam ( faid he ) this medicine well apply d 
To Argalus his bofom, will give reft 
To him and me: the judder* way is heft. 
My Lord : your trembling hand ( faid (he ) may mifs 
The mark) and then your fe If in danger is 
Of out-cry • or perchance his own refiftance : 
Attempts are dangerous y at fo [mall a diftance : 
A Drug'/ the better weapon, which does breath 
Deaths fecret err and y carries fudden death 
Closd up injweetnefs : Come, a Drugftrikes fure. 
And works our ends, and yet we fleep fecure : 
My Lord) bethink no other : fet your reft 
Upon thefe Cards : the fur eft way is be ft : 
Leave me to manage ourfuccefsful plot, 
Andiftfcfeftudious brows contrive it not 
Too fur e for art 0/Magick to prevent, 
Ne'r truft a womans wit when fully bent 
To take revenge : Be gone, my Lord, Repofe 
The truft in me 1 Onelybewife, be clofe. 

That night, when as the univerfal fliade 
Of the unfpangled Heaven and Earth, had made 
An utter darknefs 5 ( darknefs apt to further 
The horrid enterprife of rapes and murther ) 


5° Sttgaitts and ^attDenta* b*&i 

She, (lie, that now lacks nothing to procure 

A full revenge, (lie calls AthleU to her, 

( partheniaes handmaid ) whom (lie thus befpake: 

Athleia, dare thy private thoughts partake 
With mine? Canfl thou be fecret ? Has thy heart 
A lock 7 that none can pick by theevifh art, 
Or break by forced tell me ; canft thou digefl 
A fecret, trujled to thy faithful Br eft ? 

Madam ( iaid (lie ) Let me never be true 
To my own thoughts, if ever falfe to you : 
Speak what you pleafe • Athleia/^// conceal 5 
Torments may make me roar, but ner reveal. 

Reply'd the Lady then : Athleia knows 
How muchy how much my dear affection ows 
Partheniaes heart, whofe welfare is the crown 
Of all my joys, which now is overthrown^ 
And deeply burie din forgotten duft^ 
if thou betray the fecret ofmytrujl • 
It lieth in thy power to remove 
Approaching evils : Parthenia is in love : 
Her wafledfpirits languifb in her brefl 
And nought, hut look* d for death, can give her reft : 
*Tu Avgzlusflje loves ; who with difdain 
Requites her love, not loving her again ; 
He flights her tears ; the more that he neglects :- 
The more entirely (he ( poor foul ) affects. 
She groans beneath the burthen ofdefpair y 
Ana with her ftghsfbe cloys the idle air : 
Thou art acquainted with her private fears^ 
And you^ fo oft exchanging tongues and tears, 
Muft know too much, for one poor heart i* endure ; 
But del per ate s the wound admits no cure : 


Book i. flrgaltta and ffartfr enteu s* 

// //>/ /# //^ /<? be If : Athleia/*/, 
w '77/ thou affift me, if 1 find the way t 

Madam^ my forced ignorance (hall be 
Sufficient earneftfor myfecrecy : 
Tour Lips have utter d nothing that is new 
To Athleia'j ears • al<ts^ it is too true \* 
Long, long ere this, your (erv ant bad reveatd 
The fame to you , had not theje Lips bcenfeal'd : 
But if my be ft endeavors may extend 
To bring my Ladies (or rows to an end, 
Let alltti enraged Deities allot 


To me tvorfe torment ', if J do it not : 
My life's too foor to hazard for her eafe • 
Madam, fll do't, Command me what you pleaff. 
So faid : the treacherous Lady ftept afide. 
Into her ferious clofet ; and applied 
Herhafty, and perfidious hands, to frame 
Tins forged Letter, in Partheniaes name. 

To her faithful Argalw* 

Although the malice of a Mother 
Does yet enforce my tongue to [mother 
Whit my defire is (Jjould flame • 
Tel PartheniaV the fame* 

Although my fire be hid a while } 
Y/.c but fire /Ilk' d with oyl : 
Jse fore [even Suns [hall rife and fall \ 
Itjballbur*; and blaze withal. 


5* afrflaitts and $m$mia. Book i. 

what I fend thee, drink with [peed. 

El\e let my Argalus take heed ? 

Unlefs thy providence with ft and, 

There is treason near at hand : 
Drink as thou lovftme, and it fhall fecure thee 
from future dangers, orfrompaft, recwethee. 

Thy conftant Partbenia. 

This done, and feal'd, fhe op'd her private door, 
Call'din Athleia, andfaid, lor every fore 
The gods provide afalve ; force mujl prevail, 
where ftghs and tears, and deep entreaties fail* 


Book i. argains and ^arttjcnfa* 5 s 


Forthwith, from out her Cabinet (lie took 
A little glafs, and laid, Athleia- look, 
within t he fe fender walls , t he fe glazed lifls, 
Partheniaei" happinejs, and life conffts : 
It is Nepenthe ; which the factious Gods 
Bo ufe to drinks when ere they be at ods ; 
whofe fecret virtue ( fo tnfusd by Jove ) 
Does turn deep hatred, into dearejl lore ; 
It makes the proudef lover whine and haul. 
And fttch to dote, as never lovd at all : 
Here, take this glafs, and recommend the fame 
To Argalus in his Partheniaes name, 
And to his hand, to his own hand commit 
This Letter ; between Argalus and it 
Let no Eye come : Be fttre thy /peed prevent 
The rififlg Sun 5 andfo heavens crown th 'event \ 
By this, the feathered Belman of the night 
Sent forthJus midnight funimons, to invite 
All eyes to (lumber : when they both addreft 
Their thoughtful mindes, to take a doubtful reft. 
O Heave ns, and yon, O you ccleflial powers, 

That nez er (lumber, but implo y all hours 

In mans protection • fill preserving) keeping 

Our fuls from obvious dangers, wakings Jleeping. 

O, can your all d/fcern/ng eyes behold 

Such impious actions pro [per uncontrolled? 

O can your hearts, your tender hearts endure 

To Jee your fervant ( that now bleeps fecure, 

. nar'rnd, 

5 6 SfrgalttS and ftattUentiu Eook i - 

Unarm Ay nnwarnd, and having no defence, 

But your protection, and his innocence ) 

Betray d and murtherd, drawing at one breath 

His own prep ar d deft ruction, his own death 1 

And will ye puffer 9 t 1 he that is the' crown 

Of prized virtue, honor and renown^ 

The flower of Arts ; the Cyprian living ftory : 

Arcadia 5 .* Garland, and great GvcQCts glory 5 

The Earths new wonder, and the Worlds example, 

Muft die betray d ^ Treason and Death muft trample 

Upon his life ; and in the dujl mujl lie 

As much admird perfection, as can die. 

No, Argalus, the coward hand of death, 

Bur ft ne r ajfault thee, if not underneath 

The mask of love : Thou art above the reach 

Of open wrongs • mans force could ne'r make breach 

Into thy life : No, Death could rie*r uncafe 

Thy foul, had/he appeared face to face. 

Dream, Argalus, and let thy thoughts be troubled 

With murthers, treasons, let thy dreams be doubled : 

And what thy fright ed fancy foall perceive, 

Be wifely fuperftitiom, and believe. 

O, that my lines could wdke thee now, and fever 

7hofe eye- lids, that ere long muft fie ep for ever : 

wake now or never Argalus, andwithftand 

Thy danger : Wake, the Murtherefs is at hand : 

Parthenia, o Parthenia, who Jhall weep 

Thy world of tears t Canftthou, O can ft thoufteeyi 

Will thy dull Genius give thee leave to (lumber ? 

Does nothing trouble thee t no dream incumber 

Thy frighted thoughts, avdhxgAusfo near 

His latest hour : AW one dreaming tear i 


Book i. %jcgalttg *iv»i ffattl)cni'a^ _, £z 

5/^/> 0# •' ^^ n'/^/? thy flittering (lumber s pa/l y 
Perchance y thine eyes null learn ix> weep as paft : 
His death is plotted. • and this fnornirfg tight 
Mujljend him down^ into eternal 'night : 
Nay, what is ivorfe than wcrjl ^ his dying breath 
Will cenj are thee, as Agent to his death. 

By this, the broad-tlic'd Quirifter of night 
Surceas'd her fcreeehing note, and too!: her flight 
To the next neighboring Ivy : Birds and Beaks 
Forfake the warm protection of their Nelrs, 
And nightly Dens, w hilfl dnrkhefs did dlfplay 
Her (able Curtains to let in flic day ; 
When fed Athletic dream had linbenighred 
Her flumbring eies, her bufie thoughts were frighted $ 
Sherofc, and trembled \ and being Iwfi diftratfelit 
With her proplieftick feafsj Ihethus! bght 
what ails the god* thus to disturb my re , 
And make fuch Earth- quakes in my troubled brefl i 
Nothing but death., and mur't hers J . Gravis and Belli y 
Frightning my fancy, ivith their hourly Knels i 
Twos nothing but a dream • and dreamy they 
Expound t hern- ches the clean contrary way : 
The Riddle's read ♦, and now I Hnderftand 
My dreams intent : Some marriage is at hand : 
For Death interpreted is nothing el(e 
But Marriaoc .- and the mc! ant hilly Bells 
Js mirth &n dm uftck : By the Grai ; \ /; n ; i 
The joyful, joyful \ joyfol Marriage bed : 
7 5 it is plain : and no\\\ me thinks^ Vw 
That my prophetic!: dream foretold (hould die* 
If this he death, Death e xertife thy powet\ 
And let Athleia Ait within this hour : 

58 %tgaltlg and jtotflenfo* Book I 

Do y dothyworfi^ Athleia^ faithful breath 
shall pray fir nothing more than fuddeu death. 
Butfiay^ Athleia, the too forward day 
Begins to gild the Eaft ; away^ away* 

So having faid> the nimble-fingered Lafs 
Took the forg'd Letter, and the amorous glafs : 
And to her early progreis flie applies her ; 
Departs, and towards Argalus (lie hies her 9 
But every ftep fhe took, her mindenforc'd 
New thoughts, and with her felf Ihe thus difcours'd : 

HowfraiCs the nature of a womans will ! 
How crofs I The thing that's mojl forbidden, JIM 
They more defire 5 and leaf inclind to do } 
what they are mo ft ofallferfwadedto : 
Had not ( a I as ) my Lady bound thefe hands ^ 
Athleia nc'r had fhugled with her bands 1 
1 mufi not talte it ! Hadflje not injoynd 
Srfy Up from tafiing it, Athleia'j" mini 
Had never thought ont ; now methinks I long ; 
De fires, if once con fin d^ become toojlrong 
For womans conquer d reajon to refiji : 
A womans redjpns meafnr'dby her lift. 
1 long to taste - yet was there nothing did 
Move my defire y but that I was forbid. 


Book I. atgalttS and #attt)Cnfo* 61 


With that {lie (laid her weary fteps, and hafted 
T' unty the glafs ; lift up her arm, and tafted : 
That done (and having now attain'd, almoft, 
Her journeys end ) the little time flie loft, 
New f peed regains: The nimble ground (he traces 
With double haft, and quick redoubled paces, 
All on a fudden (he begins to faint : 
Her bowels gripe, her breath begins to taint : 
Herbliftred tongue grows hot, her liver glows: 
Her veins do boil, her colour comes and goes, 
She ftaggers, falls, and on the ground fhe lies : 
Swells like a bladder, roars, andburfts, and dies. 

Thus from her ruine Argdus derives 
His longer life, and by her death he lives 5 
Live Argdw, and let the gods allot 
Such morning-draughts^ to thofe that love thee not* 
Live long, and let the righteous Powers above. 
That hath preferv'd thee for Ptrtheniaes love, 
Crown all thy hopes, and fortunes with event 
Too fure, for fecond treafons to prevent. 

Ey this time, did the lavifli breath of Fame 
Give language to her Trumpet, and proclaim 
Atbleiaes death, the current of which news 
Truth's warrant-, had forbidden to abufe 
Deceived ears. : Which when the lady heard 
Whofe treacherous heart was greedily prepar'd 
To entertain a murther, fhe arofe 
And with rude violence dcfperatclv throws 

E 3 Her 

si ^rgalus and ^attDenttu_Book i. 

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Her trembling body on the naked floor, 
But what fhe laid, and did, I will deplore, 
Not utter ; but with forced filence (mother, 
Becaufe (he was the fair Partheniaes Mother: 
May it fuffice, that the extreams of fhame, 
And unrefifted forrow overcame 
Her difappointed malice, lefs lamenting 
Thetreafon, thanfuccefs^ and more repenting 
Of what fhe fail'd to do, than what fhe did, 
Her fallen foul defpairs 5 her thoughts forbid 
What reafbn wants the power to perfwade • 
And griefs being grown too deep for her to wade 7 
She finks | and with a hollow figh fhe cried, 
tvelcome thou eafer of all evils, and died. 

Now tongues begin to walk • and every ear 
Hath got the Saturyafis to hear 
This tragick Scene : the breath of Fame grows bold, 
Fears no repulfe, and fcorns to be control'd : 
Whilft loud report (whofe tender Lips, before, 
Durft onely whifper) now begins to roar ; 
The letter found in dead Athleiaes breft. 
Bewray 5 d the plot, and what ( before ) was gueft> 
Is now Confirmed and clear'd : for all men knew 
Whofe hand it was, and whence the malice grew* 

But have we loft Parthenia ? In what Ijle 
Of endle[s forrcwjurh fhe all this while ? 
Sweet Reader j urge me not to tell, for fear 
Thy heart dijfclve, . and melt into" a tear : 
Excufe my fdence i if my lines fhouldfpeak, 
Such marble hearts, • as couldwotmelt^ would break, 
No,- : leave her te her felft, it is not fit 
To write, .what; being read, youd wifb unwrit : 

Book i. atflalus and ffac tpenta, 6 3 

■ i i i i ii ■ . 

I leave this task to thofe, that take delight , 

To fee poor Ladies torturd in defpight 

Of all remorfe 5 whofe hearts arefiillatftrife 

To paint a torment to the very life ; 

/leave that task to [why as have theporvr 

To weep, andfmile again within an hour : 

To thofe wbofe flinty hearts are more contented 

To Urn a grief, than pity the tormented : 

Let it fuffice, that had not Heaven protected 

Jftr Argalus, the joy whereof corrected 

That furious grief which paffion recommended 

To her fad thoughts, herjlory here had ended. 

When time the enemy of Fame had clos'd 

Her babling Lips, and gently had compos'd 

Partheniaes fbrrows, raifing from the ground 

Her body (pent with grief, and almoft drown'd 

In her own tears, a long expe&ed Scean 

Of better fortune enters in, to drcan 

Her marifh eyes : her ftormy ni^uc ot tears 

Being paft, a welcome day of joy appears. 

The Rock's remov'd, and loves wide Ocean now 

Gives room enough ; looks with a milder brow. 

Reader, forget thy forrows : Let thine ear 

Welcome the tidings thou fo long'ft to hear : 

A lovers diet's fweet commixt with fowre ; 

His Hell and Heaven oft times divides an hour. 


*4 atgaUts and idattljenfa* Book* 


Now Argdiu can find a fair acccfe 
To his Parthenia : Now fears nothing lefs 
Than ears and eyes 5 and now Parthenkes heart 
Can give her tongue the freedom to impart 
His louder welcome,, whilft her greedy eye 
Can look her fill, and fear no ftander by : 
She's not Partheni^ he not prefent with her ; 
And he not Argalus,- if not together : 
Their cheeks are fill'd with fmiles- their tongues withchatj 
Now, this they make their fubjed: 5 and now that; 
One while they laugh, and laughing, wrangle too. 
And jar, as jealous lovers ufe to do: 
And then a kifs muft make them friends again : 
Faith, one's too little • Lovers muft have twain i 
Two brings in ten, Ten multiplies to twenty : 
That, to a h undred : then becaufe the plenty 
Grows troublefom to count, and does incumber 
Their Lips, their Lips gave kiffes without number : 
Their thoughts run back to former times : they told 
Of all loves paffages they had of old : 
Of this thing done, the time, the place, and why: 
The manner how, and who were prefent by': 
The Mothers craft, her undeceive! fufpicion. 
Her baited words, her marble difpofition: 
His pining thought!?, : and her projecting fears : 
His folildquies, and her fecret tears : 
Where firil they met, th' occafion of their meeting : 
Their complement} the manner of their greeting ; 


Book i. araaUts and f&art&enfou 6 i 

His danger, his deliverance, andthereafon 

That firtt induc'dthe Agents to the Treafon. 

Thus by the priviledge of time and leaftire 

Their fweet difcourfes ( Crown'd with mutual pleafure 

Commixt with grief) they equal with the light. 

And after, grumble at the envious night. 

Which bids them part too foon : what day deny'd 

In words, in thoughts the tedious night fupply'd, 

Which blam'd the Fates for doing Lovers wrong, 

To make the day fo (hort, the night fo long. 

But now the little winged-god repented 
That he had laugh'd fo much, his heart relented, 
His very foul grew fad, his blinded eye 
Began to weep at his own tyranny : 
Laments their forrows : findes a fecret way. 
To make the night as pieafing as the day : 
Calls Hymen in, and in his eardifcovers 
The lingring torments of thele wounded Lovers : 
Gives him a charge, no longer to defer, 
T'ingrofs their names within his Regifter. 
And now Ptrthemaes harveft draweth near : 
( The dearly purchased price of many a tear ) 
Her joy flrill reap, what a world of grief hath fown r 
The time's appointed, and the day's let down, 
Wherein fweet Hymen^ with his nuptial bands, 
Shall joyn together their efpoufed hands. 

Here ftop my Mule : retire thy (elf and (lay, 
To gather breath t^imR. theMarr/age-day. 

Reader^ the joyful Eride fa/utes ye all. 

In her behalf if any have let fM 
A tender tear, to ibifejbe makes reqtteft, 

ylt be pleas' d to vtace her Marriaae tea r t* 





T/^ Second Part* 

SAil gentle Pinnace : Now the Heavens are clear, 
The Winds blow fair : Behold the Harbor's nea r 
Tridented Neptune hath forgot to frown, 
The Rocks are pad : The ftorm is over-blown. 
Up weather-beaten Voyagers, and rouze ye, 
Forfake your loathed Cabbins : Up and louze ye 
Upon the open Decks, and fmell the Land : 
Chear up, the welcome Shore is nigh at hand : 
Sail gentle Pinnace, with a profperous gale, 
To th* Jfle of Pe ace: Sail, gentle Pinnace, fail: 
Fortune condudl thee / Let thy keel divide 
The Silver ftreams, that thou maid (afely Aide 
Into the bofome of thy quiet Key, 
And quit thee fairly of th'injurious Sea. 

Great Sea-born Queen, thy birth -right gives thee power 
T' ajfljl poor fuppliants y grant one happy hour : 
O, let thefe wounded Lovers he po\fejl y 
At lengthy of their fo long de fired reft. 
Now, now the joyful nwmge-day draws on : 
The Bride is bu& 3 and the Bridegroom's £onc 


Book ii. %tgaiug and jftattpenta, *? 

To call his fellow Princes to the feaft : 
The Garland's made : The Bridal Chamber's dreft : 
The Mufes have confulted with the Graces, 
To crown the day, and honor their embraces 
With fliadow'd Epitbalms : their warbling tongues 
'Are perfevS in their new made Lyrick fongs : 
Hymen begins to grumble at delay, 
And Bacchus laughs to think upon the day ; 
The virgin-tapers, and what other rights 
Do appertain to Nuptial delights 
Are all prepar'd, whereby may be expreft 
The joyful triumph of this marriage-feaft. 
But ftay ! who lends me now an Iron Pen, 
T' engrave within the Marble-hearts of Men 

A Tragick Scene ? Which whofoer fhallread, 
His eyes may lpare to weep, and learn to bleed 
Carnatian tears : If time fliall not allow 
His death-prevented eyes to weep enow, 

Then let his dying language recommend 

What's left to his pofterity to end. 
Thoufaddejl ofallmufes y come, afford 

Thyftudicm help, that each confounding word 

May rend a heart ( at leaji ) that every Line 

May pickle up a Kingdom in the Brine 

Of her own tears : O teach me how t' extract 

7 he Jpirit of grief y ivhofe virtue may diffraf} 

Thofe breafls, which [or row knows not how to kill : 

Jnfpire, O, infpire my melting quill ; 

And,, like /^Niobe, let every one 

That cannot melt, he turnd into a fione : 

Teach me to paint an oft-repeatedf^h 

So to the life z that wbofier he nigh. 


7° 3ttgalUS and gggfjgjjjg BookH. 

May hear it breathy and learn to do the like 
By imitation^ till true paffionftrike 
Their bleeding hearts : Let fuch as /ball rehear fe 
This (lory, houllike Irifh at a Hearfe. 

Tn event ftill crowns the aft : Let no man fay^ 
Before the evening's come, *tis a fair day : 

For when the Kalends of this Bridal feaft 
Were entred in, and every longing breaft 
Waxt great with expectation, and all eyes 
( Prepar'd for entertaining novelties ) 
Were grown impatient now, to be fufficd 
With that, which Art and Honor had devis'd 
T adorn the times withal, and to difplay 
Their bounty, and the glory of that day : 
The rare Parthenia^ taking fweet occafion 
To blefs her bufie thoughts, with contemplation 
Of abfent Argalus^ whofe too long ftay 
Made minutes feem as days, and every day 
A meafur'd age, wto her fecret bower 
Betook her weary fteps, where every hour 
Her greedy ears expeft to hear the fum 
Of all her hopes, that Argalus is come. 
She hopes, fhe fears at once ^ and ftill fhe mufes 
What makes him ftay fo long ; fhe chides, excufes j 
She queftions, anfwers, and (he makes reply, 
And talks, as if her Argalu* were by : 
why com ft thou not j Can Arg&lusforget 
His Unguijhing Parthenia ? what not yet i 
But as fhe [pake that word, fhe heard a noile^ 
Which feem'd, as if it were the whifp'ring voice 
Of dole confpiracy : She began to fear 
She knew not what, till her deceived ear 


Book ii. argalns ** •<* ^atffcenta. «; 

( Inftrufted by her hopes ) had fingled out 

The voice of Ar galas from all the rout 5 

Whofe fteps ( as ihe fuppofed) did prepare, 

By ftealth to feize upon her unaware : 

She gave advantage to the thriving plot, 

Hearing the noife, as if fhe heard it not : 

Like as young Doves, ( which ne'r had yet forfaken 

The warm prote&on of their neft, or taken 

Upon themfelves, a felf-providing care, 

To fhiftfor food-, but with paternal fare 

Grow fat and plump)think every noife they hear, 

Their full cropt-parents are at hand to chear 

Their craving ftomacks ; whilft th'impatient fift 

Of the falle Cater, rifling where it lift, 

In every hole, furprifes them, andfheds 

Their guiltlefs blood, and parts their gafping heads 

From their vain ftrugling bodies ; fo, even to, 

Our poor deceiv'd Parthenia^ (that did owe 

Too much to her own hopes) the whilft her eyes 

Were fet to welcome the unvalued prize 

Of all her joys, her deareft Argalus> 

Stept in Demagoras^ and falutes her thus : 

Bafe Trull\ Demagoras come s to let thee fee 7 
How much he [corns thy painted face, and thee : 
Foul Sorcerefs ! could thy prosperous aft ions tfonk 
To'fcape revenge, because the gods did wink 
At thy defigns ? Think* ft thou thy Mothers blood 
Crycs in a language, not to be under flood * 
Had/} thou no cloler (Iratagem, to further 
Thy pamper d luft y but by the fa vage murther 
Of thine own aged parent, rrhofe fad death 
Aluftgive a freedom to the jvhtfp'nng breath 


7 g ftgflalqg and ffattftenfo, &*& n. 

Of thy enjoy d Adulterer < who {they fay) 

Will cloak thy whoredom with a mar ri Age day ; 

JSTayftrUggle not, here's none that can reprieve 

Such founded be aft s : It is in vain toftrive^ 

Or roar for help 5 why dofl not rather weep 

That 1 may laugh ? perchance, if thou wilt creep 

Upon thy wanton Belly \ and confefs 

Thy [elf a true repentant Murtherefs, 

Myfinful Page may play the fool, and gather 

Thy early fruit into his Barn, and father 

The new-got Cyprian Baftard, if that he 

Be halffo wife y that got it, but to fee : 

Hah I dofl thou weep f or dofalfe mifls but mock 

Abused eyes f from ft obdure a Rock 

Can water flow < Weeping will make thee fair 5 

weep till thy marriage-day $ that who repair 

To grace thy feaft, may fall a weeping too, 

And, in a mirror, fee what tears can do. 

Vile Strumpet ! did thy flattering thoughts e'er wrong 

Thy judgment fo • to think, Demagoras tongue 

Could ft defile his honor, as tofue 

For ferious love t fo bafe a thing as you 

(Methinks)fbould r-ather fix your wanton eyes 

Upon fome eafie Groom, that hopes to rife 

Into his M offer's favor for your fake : 

I, this had been preferment y like to make 

A hopeful fortune : Thou prejumptuous trajh I 

what was my courtfhip, but the minutes dafb 

Of youthful paff ion, to allay the duft 

Of my defiresy and cxubcroits lujl < 

J fcorn thee to the foul, and here ifland 

Bound for revenue } whereto I \rt m\ hand, 


Book ii. ^jcgalus ^d t&arti)enta* 7s 


With that 3 be grip'd her rudely by the fair 
And bounteous treafure of her Nymph-like hair; 
And, by it, drag'd her on the dully floor : 
He flopt her mouth, for fear (he fliould implore 
An aid from Heaven : flie fwouningin theplace* 
His falvage hands befmear'd her livelefs face 
With horrid poyfon, thinking (lie was dead, 
He left her brcathlefs, and away he fled. 
Come, come ye Furies, ym malign Ant fpirits, 
Infernal Harpies, or what el[e inherits. 
The Land of darkness 5 you that [till converge 
With damned folds • you, you that can rehear fa 
The horrid fails of -villains, and can tell 
Huw every Hellhound looks that roars in Hell, 
Survey them all ; and, then inform my Pen^ 
To draw in one, the monster of all Men : 
Teach me to limb a villain, and to paint, 
With dextrous art, the bafejl Sycophant 
That ere the month cf info lent difdain 
Vouch f if d to [pit upon : The putrid Blain 
Of all dijeafed humor s y ft for none 
But Dogs to lift their hafly legs upon : 
So clear mens eyes, that wbofo'er (ball fee 
The type ofbafenefsj may cry, this is he I 
Let his reproach be a perpetual blot 
/;; Honors Book : Let his remembrance ret 
In all good mindes : Let none but villains call 
His Bug-bear name to memory, where tvithafi 

$ 2 Tt 

?g %tgalug and $a ttj)ema, Bookii, 

To fright their hauling Baflards : Let no fpe/l 
Be found more potent-^ to prevail in He/l, 
Than the nine Letters of his charm-like name : 
which ^ let our bajfjful chris-croj's-row difclaim 
To the worlds end^ not worthy to hefet 
In any hut the Jewish Alphabet. 

But hark i Am I deceiv'd: Or do I hear 
The voice oiArg'lm founding in mine ear? 
He calls Parthenia : No, that tongue can be 
No counterfeit : He's come : 'Tis he, 'tis he. 
Welcome too late, that are now come too foon : 
Hadft thou been here, this deed had ne're been done 
Alas ! when lovers linger, and out-go 
Their promis'd Date,they know not what they do: 
Men fondly fay, That women are too fond 
At parting $ to require fo (Iricfl a Bond 
For quick return : Poor fouls !' Tis they endure 
Oft-times the danger of the forfeiture : 
I blame them not : For mifchief ftill attends 
Upon the too long abfence of true friends. 

Well j Argalm is come, and feeks about 
In every room to find Tarthenia out : 
He asks, inquires, but all Lips fcrefparing 
To be the Authors of ill news, hot daring 
To fpeak the truth : they all amazed ftand : 
And now my Lord's as fearful to demand 5 
Dares not enquire her health, left his fad ear 
Should hear fuch words, as he's afraid to hear : 
All lips are bolted with a Linnen Bar, 
And every eye does, like a Blazing-Star, 
Portend fome evil • no Language findes a Leak ; 
The lefs they (peak, die more he fears to fpeak. 



Book II. aTfjalU* and J&totljetlfa. 


Faces grow lick and every private ear 

Is turn d a Clofet for the whifperer ; 

He walks the room •, and like an unknown ftranger, 

They eye him: from each eye, he picks a danger. 

At laft his Lins not daring ^importune 

What none dare tell him, unexpected Fortune 

Leads his rafli fteps into a darkened room^ 

A place more black than night : Nofooner come, 

But he was welcom'd with a figh, as deep, 

As a (peat heart can give : He heard one weep, 

And by the noife of groans and fobs, was led 

( Having no other guide ) to the fad Bed. 

who ist ( laid he ) that calls untimely night 
To hide thofe grief s that thus abjure the light ? 
With that, as if her heart had rent in two 3 
She pad a figh, and (aid, O ask not who \ 
Urge not my tongue to make afore & Reply 
To your demand ! Alas ! It is not I. 

Not I ( faid he ? ) what Laniuafe do I hear t 
Darknefs may slop mine eye, but not mine ear : 
It is my dear Partheniaes voice, Ah me ! 
Andean Parthenia, < 
what -means this word, ( Alas I It is not I ? ) 
what fudden ill hath taught thee to deny 
Thy (elf< or what can Argalus then claim > 
If his Parthenia be not the fame 
She was i Airs, it feems to me all one 
To fay, Thou art not hers, that's not her own : 
Can hills forget their pudrom bulk, and flic 
Like rvandring Atoms \ in the empty skie t 
Or can the Heavens ( grown idle ) not fulfill 
Their certain revolutions* but iLi-idfi'l, 

F J And 

73 %tgalttg and $&ttl)mia. Book II. 

And leave their conftant motion for the wink 
T* inherit i Can Parthenia change her mind? 
He&v n fooner flj&ll ftandjlill) and Earth remove, 
Hey my Parthenia/i//?yfr her love : 
Unfold thy riddle then ; and tell me, why 
Thofe Lips [hould fay y ( Alas ! It is not I ! ) 

Whereto (he thus reply'd : O do not thou 
So wrong thy noble thought s y as once fallow. 
That curled n&me a room within thy breft, 
Let not Jo foul a prodigy be bleft, 
With thy loft breath : Let it be held aftn, 
Too great for pardon*, e*er to n.nne't agen z 
Let darknefs hide it in eternal night : 
JMay it be clad with horror to affright 
A de [prate con fie nee : He that knows not how 
To mouth a curje } O let him praclife now 
Ufon this name : Let him that would contract 
The body ofallmifchief or extract 
The quint' fence ofajorrow, oncly claim 
Afecretpriviledge to ufe that name : 
Tar be it from thy language, to commit 
So foul a fin, as once to mention it : 
Live happy Arglus ; do not thou partake 
Jn thefe my miferies : Q forbear to make 
My burden greater, by thy tender for row : 
Alas, my heart is frong, and needs not borrow 
Thy needle fs help : O be thou not fo cruet \ 
To feed my flapning ft res with thy fuel : 
why do ft thoufgh ? O wherefore [hould thy heart 
UJ'urp myftage^ and aft Parthenia's part ? 
ft is my proper task : what, doft thou mean % 
without my Licence, to intrude mv Scene i 

Book ir. ^raalus and ffattpen ta, ^ 

Alas \ thy for rows cafe not my diftrefs 5 

God knows ;, I weep not one poor tear the lefs : 

My Patent s figrid and pafi, whereby appears 

That I have opt the Monopoly of tears, 

In me let each mans torment find an end : 

Jam that Sea, to which all Rivers tend : 

Let all [pent mourners, that can weep no more} 

Take tears on trufl, andfet them on my [core. 

And as /he fpake that word, his heart not able 

To bear a language fo unfufferable. 

But being fwoln fo big, muft either break, 

Or vent- his conquer'd reafon grew to weak 

T oppoie his quickned paffion ( like a man 

Tranfported from himfelf ) he thus began : 

Ac cur fed darknefs ! Thou fad type of death \ 
Infernal Hag, who fe dwelling is beneath \ 
what means thy boldnefs to ufurp this room, 
And force a nighty before the night be come : 
Get> get thee down, and keep within thy lijis : 
Go revel there • and hurl thy hideous mifls 
Before thofe cur fed eyes, that take delight 
In utter darknefs, and abhor the light • 
Return thee to thy Dungeon, whence thou came y 
And hide thofe faces, who fe infernal fame 
Calls for more darknefs, and whofe tor turd fouls 
Crave the protection of th^obfeuref holes, 
To f cape fome lafhes, and avoid thofe ftriB 
And horrid plagues, the Furies do inflict : 
But if thou needs muft ramble here, aboie, 
Go to fome other climate, and remove 
Thy ugly pre fence from our darkned eyes, 
That hate thy tyranny : Go exerafc 

F 4 

8o SltgaUts and f^artfjenfou Book n. 

Thy power in Groves, and folitary fprings, 

where Bats are fubjefts, andwhere Orvli are Kings : 

Go to the Graves, and pi thofe empty rooms, 

That fuch a£ flumber in their [lie nt tombs 

May blefs thy welcome [hades, and lie pojfeft 

Ofundifiurbed and eternal rejl : 

Or if thy more ambitious fogs defire 

To haunt the living, haft thee, and retire 

Into Come Cloy ft er^ and there ft and between 

The light, and thofe that fain would fin, unfeen 

Affift them there - and let thy ugly y 

Countenance tlofe treafons, and inceftuous rapes : 

Benight thofe rooms ; and aid all fitch as fear 

The Eye of Heaven : Go, clofe thy Curtains there ^ 

We need thee not, ( foul witch) away y away ; 

Thou hid* ft more beauty than the noon of day 

Can give • O thou, that ha(i fo rudely hurCd 

On this dark bed the glory of the world. 

So faid, abruptly he the room departs 
His cheeks look pale, his culled hair upftarts 
Like quills of Porcupines, and from his eye 
Quick flafhes like the flames of Lightning flie ' 
He calls for light - the light no fooner come, 
But his own hand conveys it to the room 
From whence he came, and as heentred in 
He bleft himfelf- he bleft himfelf again, 
Xhrice did he blefs himfelf, and after faid, 

Foul witch be gone, and let thy difmal fhade y 
For fake this place : Let thy dark fogs obey 
Great Vulcans charge . /# Vulcans #4w? 3 away: 
Or if thy flout rebellion fh all dif claim 
H'r, foveraignty, in my Parthenia's name 

I \ 

Book ii. %rgaing and ff attljeitfa* 8 * 

/ chirm thee hence. And as that word flew out. 
He rtept to that fad bed, where round about, 
Clos'd were the Curtains, as if darknefs did 
Command that fuch a Jewel fhould be hid. 

His left hand held the taper, and his right 
Enforc'd the Curtains, to abfolve the light : 
Which done, appeared before his w r ond'ring eye 
The trueft portrait of deformity, 
As ere the Sun beheld : that lovely face 
That was of late the model of all grace 
And peerlefs beauty, whofe imperious eyes 
Ravifht where ere they lookt, and did furprize 
The very fouls of men, fhe, fhe, of whom 
Nature her felf was proud, is now become 
Soloath'danobjecT:, fodeform'd, difguis'd, 
As darknefs, for mans fake, w r as welladvis'd 
To cloath in mifts, left any w r ere incited 
To fee that face, and fo depart affrighted. 

; All this when Arg&lm beheld, and found 

! It was no dream, he fell upon the ground, 
Andrav'd, and rofe again, flood ftill, andgaz'dj 

| At firft he ftartled, then he flood amaz'd : 
Looks now upon the light, and now on her, 
One while his tired fancy does refer 
His thoughts to filence ; as his thoughts increafe. 
His paffion (hives for vent, and breaks that peace 
Which conquer'd Reafon had of late concluded, 
And thus began : Are the[efal[e eyes deluded f 


84 %tg aittg and $attg)enftu Book n. 

Or have inch Anted, miftsfiept in between 
My abufed eyes ? and what my eyes have feen i 
No y mi f chief cannot act [of air a part, 
T* affright infefl 5 it goes beyond the art 
Of all black Books, to mask with fuch difguife 
So fweet a fAce : / know that thefe are eyes, 
And this a light : FaCfe mijls could never be 
Betwixt my poor Parthenia, and me. 

Accursed Taper \ what infernal fpright 
Breath* d in thy face { what fury gave thee light ? 
Thou imp ^Phlegeton $ who let thee in 
To force a day, before the day begin i 
who brought thee hither i K d?dl< From whom] 
what lcan~chapt Fury did I [natch thee from i 
when as this curfedhanddidgo about 
To bring thee in, why went not thefe eyes out { 
Be all fuch Tapers cur fed for thy fake - 
Ne*rfhine, but at fome Vigil, or jadv/ake ; 
Be never feen, but when as [or row calls 
Thy needful help to nightly funerals ; 
Be as a May -game for th 3 amazed Bat 
To [port about • and Owls to wonder at : 
Still haunt the chancels at a midnight-knell^ 
To fright the Sexton from hispafjlng Bell: 
Give light to none but treasons, and be hid 
In their dark lanthoms : Let all mirth forbid 
Thy treacherous. fames the room : and if that nc:ie 
Shall daign to put thee out^ go out alone : 
Attend fome Mifers table, and then wafte 
Toofion. } that he may curfe thee for thy hxfe 5 
Burn dim for ever : Let th it flattering light 
Thou feed' f, tynftfme thy fed: : be banifht efqite 


Book ii. attgalus and ffattfrenta. 8s 

From Cupids Court : when Lovers go about 

Their ftolen pleafnres^ let your flames go out : 

Henceforth be ufeful to no other end^ 

But onely to burn day-light^ or attend 

The midnight Cups offuch as (hall reftgn 

With n[ury their undigefted wine : 

why do si thou burn fo clear < Alas ! tbefe eyes 

Vijcem too much ; thy wanton blaze doth rife 

Too high a pitch :thou burn ft too bright for [neb 

As fee no comfort : O thou [bin ft too much : 

why doB thou vex me i Is thy flame [o (lent 

T 9 endure my breath : this breath [hall puff thee out : 

Thus, thm my joys are quite extinguifht^ never*. 

To Le revivd : Thus gone, thm gone for ever. 

With that, tranfported with a furious hafte. 
He blew it out : but mark, that very blaft 
( As if it meant on purpofe, to difclaim 
His defp'rate thoughts ) reviv'd th' extinguifht flame.' 
Heftandsamaz'd- and, having mus'd a while. 
Beholds the Taper, and begins to fmile. 

Andean the gods themfelves ( (aid he ) contrive 
A way for hope < Can my pa ft joys revive^ • 
Like this rekindled fire 5 if they do, 
fie enrfe my lips ( bright Lamp )for curfingyoU, 
Eternal Fates ! deal fairly 5 dally not : 
if jour hid bounties have refervda lot 
Beyond :ny weaned hope, be it exprefl 
In even view 3 make hafte^ and do your be ft : 
But ifyoiirjujlicc he determined [0 
To excercije your vengeance on my wo. 
Strengthen not what at length yon mean to bur 
Strike home betimes 3 difpatch^ and do your 


se %tflaUtg and ffatti)enfo> B ook n. 

That burthen is too great for him to bear^ 
That's evenly poi fed betwixt hope and fear. 

And there he flopt ; as fearing to moled 
The filent peace of her diffembled reft. 
He gaz'd upon her $ flood as in a trance : 
Sometimes her livelefs hand he would advance 
To his fad Lips • then Ileal it down agen : 
Sometimes^ a tear would fall upon % and then 
A figh muft dry it • every kifs did bear 
A figh, and every figh begat a tear : 
Hekifl, hefigh'd, he wept, and, forafpace, 
He fixt his eye upon her wounded face, 
And in a whifpering language,* he disburs'd 
His various thoughts 5 thus, withhimfelf difcours'd. 

And were the Sun-beams ofthofe eies too fierce 
Tor mortal view < Or did thofe fires difperfe 
Flames too confirming for tb'amazd beholder ? 
Or did thy youth make treafon e'er the bolder 
To (lain that brow • and by a midnight theft ^ 
Toflealmore beauty than the day had left { 

Or did that blind, that childifh god defer y 
A kind of twilight from that heavenly eie 7 
which) over-brhht^ he fought to make more dim 
By blurring that, which el\e had blafced him 1 

Or did the Sea-born go ddef's Queen repine 
To fee her star out-JJjonefi much by thine i 
And fiTd with rage^ and envious defpight, 
Sent down a cloud? eclipfe fifair a light i 

Or did the wifcr Deities fore fee 
This likely dinger ; that when menfhould fee 
So bright a Lamp • fearing they fljoidd commit 
$uch fweet idolatry^ be nig hted it $ 


Book ii. argalttg and ffattfrenfa* s 7 

Or did the too too careful gods confpire 
A good for man, transcending mans defire, 
And knowing fuch an eie too bright for any, 
Gave it a wound, left itjhould wound too many i 
jffo they meant ', they might have been more kind 
To fave that beautie, and have fi ruck us blind. 

Before the found of his laft breath was gone 
(Her fpeech being marfhal'd with a powerful groan 
Through the rude confluence^nd amazed throng 
Or her diftra&ed thoughts ) her feeble tongue 
Wept forth thele words; Thus fleet, thus tranfitorj 
Js mans delight, and aH that painted glory, 
Poor Earth can give : Nor wealthy nor blood, nor beautie] 
Can quit the debt, that neceffary dutie 
They ow to Change and Time • but like aflowr> 
They flour ifh now, and fade within an hour : 
The world's composed of change, there's nothing flaies 
At the fame point • all alters, alldecaies: 
The world is like a Play, where every age 
Concludes her Scene , and fo departs the JJ age 5 
And when Times hafiy hour-glafs is run, 
Change ft l r ikes tbeEpi\ogue,andallthe Playisdone. 
who acts the King to day, by chance of lot, 
Perchance to morrow begs, andblujhes not : 
whofe heautie was adord o'er night, next morning 
May find a face, like mine, not worth the f corning : 
Look where we UJi, there's nothing to the eie 
Seems truly conflant, but Inconftancy. 
Mofi dear Parthenia, ( Argalus refit* A ) 
" Had thy deceived eie but ftept a fide, 

Andlookt upon thy Argalus his bresi ; 
I I know, I knew, thy language had profs fi 


88 airgaittg and ffattftenfau booui . 

Another faith : Thy Lips had ner letflie, 

At unawares ; fo great an Herefie : 

*Tis not the change of favor, that can change 

My heart - nor Time, nor Fortune can ejlrange 

My heft affections, Jo for ever fixtr 

On thee, nothing but death can come betwixt 

My foul and thine : ifl had lovd thy face , 

Thy face alone ; my fane ie had given place. 

Ere this, tofrejb deflres, and attended 

Upon new fortunes ; and the old had ended. 

if I had lovd thee for thy heavenly eye, 

1 might have courted the bright Majefiy 

O/Titan : if thy curious Lips hadfnard 

My lickrifh thoughts, I miqht have foon prepared 

A blufhing Corral, or fome full ripe Cherry, 

And pie as* d my Lips, until my Lips were weary * 

Or if the fmoothnefs of thy whiter brow 

Had charm d mine eyes, and made my fane ie bow 

To outward objects, polifht Marble might 

Have given as much content, as much delimit - 

In brief, had Argalus his flatter d eye 

Been pie ^*d with beauties bare Epitomy, 

Thy curious picture might have then fupplid 

My wants , more full, than all the world be fide : 

No, no • 'Twos neither brow, nor lip^ nor eye, 

Not any outward ex'lcnce urgd me, why 

To love Parthenia; *twasthy better part ', 

i [which mi fchief could not wrong,) fur pr is *d my heart? 

Thy beauty was but like a chryftat cafe, 

Through which, the Jewel of admired grace 

Tran [parent was, who fe hidden worth did make 

Me love the Casket for the Jewels fake : 


Book ii. Sltgaiug and j&attijema. 89 

A 7 o, no , my well ' advifed eye pierft in 
Beyond the film \ funk deeper than the skin ; 

Elfe had I now been changd, and that firm duty 

I owe my 'Vows ■, had faded with thy beauty : 

Nay j weep not my Parthenia ; Ut thofe tears 

Ne'r wail that lofs which a few after years 

Had claimed as due ; c hear up, thou haft for faken 

But that, which ficknefs would (perchance) have taken j 

With greater dif advantage ; or elfe age. 

That common evil, which art cannot ajj wage ; 

Beauty"** but bare opinion ; White and Red 

Have no more priviledge than what i* bred 

By humane fancy, which was ne*re confined 

To certain bounds, but varies like the wind : 

What one man likes, another difrefpefl s , 

And what a third mo ft hates, a fourth affects : 

The Negro**" eye thinks black beyond compare, 

And what will fright m mojl,thei count mo ft fair c 

If then opinion be the touch, whereby 

All beauty* s tried ; Parthenia in myeye y 

Out-jhines fair Helen, or who elfe (he be 

That is more rich in beauty s wealth than {he. 

C hear up : the f over aignty of thy worth inf ranches: 

Thy captive beauty ; and thy vertue blanches 

Thefe pains of fortune : come, it matters not 

What others think : a letters but abht 

lofuch as cannot read ; but, who have skilly 

Can know the fair imprejfion of a, 

From grofs and heedlefs blurs \ andfuch can think 

No paper foul, that* s fairly writ with Ink : 

What others hold a blemish in thy face. 

My skilful eyes read charaffors of grace * 

1 -G J * Wh*t 

9 o S&tgalttg and ^fttttjeuia. Book 11. 

What hinders then, but that without delay, 
Triumph may celebrate our nuptial day ? 
She that hath only verttte to her guide, 
J hough wanting beauty is thefairejl bride. 

A Bride ! (laid fhe) fab Brides as I, can have 
No fitter bridal chamber then a Grave : 
Death is my Bridegroome ; and to welcom Death, 
My loyal heart fball plight afecond Faith : 
And when that day {ball come, that joyful day 
Wherein tranfcendantpkafures fball allay 
The heat of * all my for rows, andconjoyn 
My pale-fac'd Bridegroom's lingring hand with mine, 
Ihefe Ceremonies andthefe Triumphs/hall 
Attend the day to grace that day wit ball. 

Time with his empty Hour-glafs fball lead 
The triumph on, his winged hoof pall tread 
Slow paces ; After himtherefballenfue 
The chaft Diana with her Virgin crew, 
All crowned with Cyprefs garlands : after whom 
Jn rank, tip impartial Deftinies fball come : 
Then in a fable Chariot faintly drawn 
With harntft Virgins vaiPd with pur eft lawn, 
The Bride fball fit \ Difpair and Grief fball (land 
Like heart lej > Bridemaids upon either hand ; 
Vponthe Chariot top, there fball be placed 
7 he little winged god with arm unbraced, 
And Bow unbent : his drooping wings mufl hide: 
His nakedknees, his Quiver by his fide 
Mufl be unarmed, and either hand mufl hold 
A Banner, wherewith Characters of gold 
Shall be decipher* d (fit for every eye 
To read that runs ) Faith, Love, WConftancy. 

A T ext 

Book ii. ^tgalttf and ^attljema 9 

Next after ) hope, in a d/fcoloured weed 
Shall fadly march alone : A fender Reed 
Slut 11 guide herfetble fleps, an d in her hand 
A broken Anchor aJlbefmear^d with (and. 
And after all, theBtidegroomfljall appear 
Like Joves Liuetenant, and bring up the rear i 
He (ball be mounted on a Coal-black Steed, 
His hand jbaU hold a Dart, on which {hall bleed 
A pierced heart, wherein a former wound 
WhichQ\x$\ds Javelin entered, {hall be found* 
When as the Triumphs ftj all adorn ourfeaft^ 
Let Argulus he my invited gueft^ 
And let him bid me nuptial Joy, from whom 
I once expetted allmyjoysfhonld come* 

With that, as if hiscount'nancehad thought good 
To wear death colours, or as if his blood 
Had been imployed to condole the fmart 
And torment of his poor affli&ed heart, 
He thus belpake : Vnhappitftofallmen, 
Why do Hive ? is Death my Rival then f 
Unequal chance ! Had it beenfltfjj and blood 
I could have grapled, and ( per chance)with flood 
Some fl out incounters : had an armed ho/i 
Of mortal Rivzlsventur'dto have crcjt 
My befldeftres ; ^/Partheniaese^e 
Had given mt power to make that army fly 
Like frighted Lambs before the Wolfe ; but thou 
Before whofe prtfence all muff ft oof ad bow 
Their fervile necks, what weapons /hall 1 he! a 
Again [I thy hand that will not be com roup d ? 
Great enemy t whofe KjngdornS tn the dufi 
And darkfome Caves : I know that thou artjuft^ 

G * &;> 

92 3itgalu$ and ^arttyema. BookiL 

Elfe bad tbc Gods ne*re trufled to thy band 
So gnat a privi ledge , Jo large command 
JndjurifdicJion ore the lives of men , 
1 o kill andfave even whom they pleafe, and when : 
Oj/uffer 'not Parthenia's tempting tears 
To move thy heart ; let thy hard-hearted ears 
Be deaf to all her f nits:, if {he frofefs 
Jfftction to thee, believe nothing lefs : 
She's my betrothed Spoufe, and Hymen's bands 
Have firmly joy n*d our hearts , though not our hands ; 
Where plighted Faith, and Sacro-ian£Hous vow 
Hath given pofftjficn, difpojjefs not thou : 
Be jujt ; and though her briny lips bewail 
Her grief with tears, let not thofe tears prevail. 
Whom Heavens havejoyrfd, thy bands maynotdisjoyn 9 
Jam PartheniaV, and Parthenia'.? *#/V?e ; 
*Alas ! we are but one ; then thoumufi either 
Refufe us both \ or elfe, take both together. 
My dear Parthenia, let no cloudy pajpon 
Ofdul defpair moleft thee ; or unfaffion 
Thy better thoughts, to make thy troubled mind 
Either forgetful, or thy felf unkind \ 
Starve not my pining hopes with longer flay : 
My hove hath wings, and brooks no long delay j 
It hovers up and down,- nnd cannot reft 
Until it light, and perch upon thy bre ft. 
Torment not him within t he fe lingringfires? 
That's racket already on his own de fires : 
Seal and deliver as thy deed, that band. 
Whereto thypromi ^d faith hathfet her hand i 
Jndwhat our plighted hearts and mutual vow 
Havefb long fmce begun, finifh now ; 


Book II. 3lrgalug and ^attlmua. 

That our i?nperfect, and half plea funs may 
Receive perfection by a marriage day. 

Whereto, (he thus : Had the pleas'! Gods above 
Forgiven my faults, and made me fit for Jove 
To blefs at large ; bad all the powers ofht a i 
( To boafl the utmofl of their bounty} given 
As great addition to my (lender fortune 
As they could give, or covetous mind importune:, 
J vow to heave;;, and all thofe heavenly powers, 
They Jhould no longer be made mine, but yours ; 
Nay, had my fortunes fay 'd but at the rate 
They were ; had I remained in that (I Ate 
I was (although at fir [I unworthy far 
Offuch a peer lef s bleffing as you are) 
My dear acceptance fjjould have fll'd my heart: 
As full of joy s as now it is of f mart. 

But, asl am, let angry Jove then vent 
On me his plagues, till all his plagues be fpent : 
And when I roar, let heaven my pains deride, 
When I match Argalus to fuch a Bride : 
Live happy Argalus, let thy foul receive 
What blejfwgs poor Parthenia cannot have : 
Live happy : may thy joys be never done, 
But let one bleffing draw another on : 
may thy better Angel watch uni ward 
Thy foul, and pitch an t ~vc r la (ling guard 
About the Portals of thy tender heart 
And fhower down bkffngs where fa' 'ere thou art I 
Let all thy Joys be as the Month of May, 
And all thy da ys be as a Mary tag e d:i.y ; 
Let forrow,fchnefs, and a troubled mind 
Bef}ran?ersto thee y let them never find 

G 3 * ^ 1 

94 3ltgaiujS and #attijetua. BookH. 

Ihy heart at home : let Fortune jllU allot 
Suchlaivlefsguejls toth&fe that love thee not : 
And let thoje bleffings, which jh all \t anting be 
To fuch as merit none, alight on thee. 

I hat mutual faith betwixt us, that of late 
Hath pa/}, I give thee freedom to tr an fate 
Vpon the merits offome fitter Spoufe ; 
J give thee leave, and freely quit thy vews : 
/ call the Gods to witnefs, nothing jhall 
More blefsmyfoul, no comfort can befall 
More truly welcome to me, than to fee 
My Argalus (what ere become of me) 
Solw\?t in wedlock, as fj all mo (I augment 
His greater honour, and his true content. 

With that, a liidden and tempeftuous tyde 
Of tears orewhelm'd her language, anddeny'd 
ApafTage; but when pafflons flood was (pent, 
She thus proceeds : Tou Gods, if you are bent 
To act my Tragedy, why do you wrong 

Our patience fo, to make the Play fo long ? 

Tour Scenes are tedious ; ^gainft the Rules of drt^ 

Ton dwell too long, too long upon one part. 

Be brief, and take advantage of your odds, 

Oneftmple Maid amongft fo many Gods, 

And not be conquer* dyet ? con joy n your mighty 

And [end her Soul into eternal Night, 

1 hat lives too long a day : Pll not reffl ; 

Provided you ft r ike home, (I r ike where ye lifi : 

Accurfed be that day, wherein thefe eyes 

fir ft f aw the light ; let ckfp 'rate fouls devife 

A curfe [uffisient for it : let the Sun 

Nert fhine upon it ; and what ere 7 s begun 


Book II. ^tgatUgi and ^attljenta, 95 

Upon that fatal day, let heaven forbid it 
Succefs ; if not ftnfnare the hand to at did it. 
Why was I born ? Orbiting born, why 
Did not ?ny fonder Nurfes Lullaby 
( Even whiT ft ?ny Lips were banging on her br 

luting her poor Babe to ever la (ling rejv ? 
then my Infant foul had never known 
this world of grief, beneath whofe weight I grown : 
no, no., it had not ; he that dies it?$ prime, 
eds a long bufmefs in a little time. 
But Argaltu, ( whole more extrcam defirc, 

LDwp pt to yield, like water- fprinkled fire, 

Did blaze the more ) impatient of denial, 

Gain thus an on-fet to a further tryal : 

Lift of my foul ; by whom, next heaven, I breath : 

Excepting whom, I have no friend but Death : 

How can thy wifljes eafe my grief or J} and 

Mymifery in Bead, when as thy hand, 

And nothing but thy helping hand can give me 

Relief and yet refufes to relieve me ? 

Strange kind of charity, when being afflicted^ 

1 'fiidbejt wifhes, yet am interdicted 

Ofthofe best wijhes, andmuji be removed 

from loves injoyment ; why ? becaufe beloved. 

Alts ! alas ! how can my wi(hes be 

A bleffmg to me, ifunblest in thee ? 

Thy beauty 9 s gone, (thou f if (I) why, let it go ; 

He loves but ill, that loves but for a (how ', 

T hy beauty is fupplf din my affection, 

That never yet wasflave to a complexion. 

Shall every day, wherein the earth doth lack 

The Sun's reflex, Pexpe/Pd the Almanack ? 

G 4 Or 

96 3ftgaittg and l^attljeuta. Book II. 

Or {hall thy over-curiom fiefs forbear 
A Garden ^caufe there are no Rofes there ? 
Or (hall the Sun-fet c/Parthenia's beauty 
Enforce my "Judgment to neglect that duty, 
The which my befi advised affection ows 
Her /acred vertue, and myfolemn vows ? 
No, no ; it lies not in the power 0/Tate 
To make Parthenia too unfortunate 
For Argulus to love. 

It is as eafie for Parfhenia's heart 
To prove lefs vertuous, as for me to ft art 
irom my firm faith ; the flame that honours breath 
Hath blown, nothing hah power to quench but deati 
Thougav*ft me leave to chofe a fitter Spoufe 9 
And freedom to recall, to quit thofe vows 
I took : who gave thee licenfe to difpenfe 
With fuch falfe tongues as offer violence 
To plighted faith? alas ! thou can* ft Hot free 
Thy f elf , much lefs had (I power to lie en feme. 
Vows can admit no change, they ft ill per fever 
Againft all change ; they bind for ever : 
Avowfs ^holy thing, no common } breath : 
The limits of avow is Heaven and Death : 
A vow that 9 s p aft, is like a bird that* s flown 
From out thy hand, can be recalled by none ; 
It dies not, like a time-beguifaig Jeft, 
As foon as vented', lives not in thy br eft, . 
When uttered once, but is a facred word 
Straight entred in the ftrici and clofe Record 
Of Heaven ; it is not like a JuglerV knot. 
Or f aft j or loofe^ atpkafes tu or not. 


Book H. attgalug and ^attijema. 101 

( 1 1) Of all advifers, Sorrow and Difpalr ) 
Relblves to take th' advantage of that night, 
To ftealaway, and feek for death by flight : 
A Pilgrim's weed her livelefslimbs addreft 
Fromhead to foot : a thong of leather bleft 
Her wafted loyns ', her feeble feet were fhod 
With fandals : In her hand a Pilgrims rod. 
When as th' illuftrious Soveraign of the day 
Had now begun his circuit to furvey 
His lower Kingdom, having newly lent 
The upper world toCynthtfs Government, 
Forth went Parthenia, and begins t'attend 
The progrefs now, which only death can end. 

Go haplefs Virgin ! Fortune be thy guide y 
And thy own vertues ; and what elfe befide, 
That may be profperous ; may thy merits find 
More happinefs than thy diftreffed mind 
Can hope : Live, and to after ages prove 
The great example of true Faith and Love : 
Gone, gone fhe is ; but whither flic is gone, 

[ he Gods and Fortune can refblve alone : 

D ardon my Quill, that isinforc'ttoftray ; 

; rom a poor Lady in an unknown way. 
To number forth her weary fteps, or tell 

Thofe obvious dangers that fo oft befell 

Our poor Partknia in her pilgrimage, 

Or bring her miferies on the open ftage, 

Her broken (lumbers, her diftra&ed care : 

Her hourly fears and frights, her hungry fare ; 

Her day ly perils, and her nightly 'fcapes 

From ravenous beafts, and trom attempted rapes, 

io2 ^rgalugf and ^attijema. Bookri. 

Is not my task ; who care not to incite 
My Readers patfion to an appetite. 
We leave Parthema now ; and our difcourfc 
Muft caft an eye, and bend her fettled courfe 
To Arg&lus. When Argdm ( returning 
To vifit his Pmhtina the next morning) 
Perceived fhe was fled, not knowing whither, 
He makes no ftay ; confults not with the Weather ; 
Stays not to thick, but claps his hafty knees 
To his fleet Courier, and away he flees ; 
His hafte enquires no way, ( he needs not fear 
To lofe the Road,that goes he knows not where : ) 
One while he pricks upon the fruitful plains ; 
And now he gently flacks his prouder reins 
And climbs the barren hills : with frefh careers 
He tries the right hand way ; and when he veres 
His courfe upon the left : One while he likes 
This path, when by and by his fancy ftrikes 
Upon another track. Sometime he roves 
Among the Springs and fblitary Groves, 
Where, on the tender barks of fundry trees, 
H'engraves Partbema*s name with his, then flees 
Tothewildchampian: his proud Steed removes 
The hopeful fallows, with his horned hooves : 
He haulks no way, rides over Rock and Mountain, 
When led by Fortune to Diana's Fountain, 

(12) He ftraight difmpunts his Steed, begins to 
His thirfty lips ; and after that,to drench (quench 
His fainting limbs, in that fweet ftream, wherein 
Pdrthcnia 9 * dainty fingers oft had been. 


io4 3[tgaiU£ and ^attljetua. Book II, 

The Fountain was upon a fteep defcent 

Whole gliding current nature gave a vent 

Through a firm rock, which art (to make it known 

To after ages) wall'd and roof t with ftone : 

Above the Chryftal Fountain's head was plac'd 

Diana's Image ( though of late defaced : ) 

Beneath, a rocky Ciftern did retain 

The water, Aiding through the Cocks of Cane, 

Whofe curious current the world's greater eye 

Ne're view'd, but in his mid-day Majefly : 

It was that Fountain, were in elder times 

Poor Cory don composed his rural rimes. 

And left them clofely hid, for his unkind 

And marble hearted Phillida to find. 

All rites performed, he re-amounts his Steed, 

Redeems hislofle of time with a new fpeed : 

And with a frefh fupply , his ftrength renews 

His progrefs, God knows whether i He purfues 

His vow'd adventure, brooking no delay, 

And (with a mind as doubtful as the way) 

He journeys on ; he left no courle unthought : 

No traveller unaskt ; no place unfbught. 

To make a Journal of each circumftance ; 
His change of fortunes, or each obvious chance 
Befel his tedious travel : to relate 
The brave attempt of this exploit, or that ; 
His rare atchievements, and their fair fuccefs ; 
His noble courage, in extream diftrefs ; 
His defp'rate dangers, his deliverance : 
His high efteem with men, which did enhance 
His meaneft actions to the throne of Jove : 
And whathefuffer'd iovParthema^slov^ 


Book ii. 3trijaiu$ and ^attljema. 105 

Would make our Volume end!efTe,apt to trie 

The utmoft patience of a ftudious eye : 

All which the bounty of a free conceit 

May (boner reach to, then my pen relate. 

But till bright CynthUes head had three times thrice 

Repaired her empty horns, and fill'd the eyes 

Of gazing mortals, with her globe of light, 

This reftleffe Lover ceas'd not, day and night 

To wander, in a fblitary queft 

For her, whole love had taught him to digefl: 

The dregs of forrow, and to count all joyes 

But follies (wheigh'd with her) ac Ieaft, buttoyeSs 

It hapned now, that twice fix moneths had run 
Since wandring hrg&lus had firft begun 
His toilfbme progrefs ; who, in vain had (pent 
An year of hours, and yet no event, 
When fortune brought him to a goodly feat, 
( Wall'd round about with hills) yet not ih great 
As pleafant ; and lefs curious to the fight, 
Then ftrong, yet yeilding even as much delight 
As ftrength : whole only out-fide did declare 
The Matters judgment, and the builders care* 
Around the Caftle 7 Nature had laid out 
The bounty of her treafure ; round about 
Well fenced Meadows (fillM with Summers pride ) 
Promis'd provifion for the Winter tide : 
Near which the neighboring hills ( well ftocfct St ftorM 
With milk-white flocks) did feverally afford 
Their fruitful bleflings, and deferv'd increafi 
To painful Husbandry, the child of Peace : 
It was K/ttandcrs feat, who was the brother 
Of loft Parthemas late deceafed Mother. 

H He 

Book il 3rgaiu£ and ^attljcnia. 107 

He was a Gentleman, whom vain ambition 
Ne'r taught to undervalue the condition 
Of private Gentry ; who prefer r'd the love 
Of his reflected neighbours, far above 
The apilh Congies of th' unconftant Court : 
Ambitous of a good, not great report : 
Beloved of his Prince, yet not depending 
Upon his favours fo, as to be tending 
Upon his Perfbn : and, in brief, too ftrong 
Within himfelf, for fortune's hand to wrong i 


Thither ca ttie wandring drgalus, 8r received 
As great content, as one that was bereavM 
Of all his joyes, could take ; or who would ftrive 
T' expreiTe a welcom to the life, could give. 
His richly furnifht Table more expreft 
A common bounty, then a curious feaft ; 
Whereat the choice of precious wines were prorTe'rd 
In liberal fort ; not urg'd but freely offer'd : 
The careful fervants did attend the room : 
No need to bid them either go or come : 
Each knew his place, his office, and could fpie 
His Matters pleafure in his Mafters eye. 
But what can relifh pleafing to a taft 
That is diftemperM ? Can a fweet repaft 
Pleafe a fick palate ? No, there's no content 
, Can enter Jrgalus, whole foul is bent 
To tire on his own thoughts : KjiLnkrs love 
(That other times would ravifh ) cannot move 
That fixed heart, which paflion now incites 
T* abjure all plcafures, and forfwear delights.- 

H a It 

10S 3lrgaiug and ^arttjenia. Bookii. 

It fortun'd, on a day, that dinner ending, 
Kjlander and his noble guefts intending 
T ' exchange their pleafures in the open air, 
A MefFenger came in, and did repair 
Unto Kjilander, told him, that the end 
Of his imployment, was to recommend 
A noble Lady to him ( near alli'd 
To fair Qeen Hellen ) whofe unskilful guide 
Had fo mil-led, that fhe does make requeft, 
This Night to be his bold and unknown gueft : 
And by his help to be inform'd the way, 
To find tomorrow, what fhe loft to day : 
Kjilandar ( the extent of whole ambition 
Was to exprefs the bounteous difpofition 
Of a free heart, as glad of fuch occafion 
To entertain) returned the falutation 
Of an unknown Servant ; and withal profeft 
A promisM welcome to ib fair a gueft. 
Forthwith and his noble friends, 
( All but poor Argalm^ who recommends 
His thoughts to private ufes, and confines 
His fecret fancy to his own defigns ) 
Mounting their praunfing Steeds, to give a meeting 
To his fair gueft : they met, but at firft greeting. 


Kjlander flood amaz'd, (for he fuppos'd 
It was Parthenia) and thus his thoughts difclos'd : 

Madam ( faid he ) if thefemine aged eyes 
Retain that wonted ftrength, which age denies 
To many of my years Ijhonld be bold 
( In viewing yott, J to f ay } I do behold My 

no ^Itljaittg and ^attljetua, Bookll. 

My Neece Parthenia's face ; Nor can I be 
Perfwaded ( by your leave ) but you are foe , 

Thrice noble Sir ( fhe thus reply'd ) ^r tongue 
(Perchance) hath done the fair Parthenia wrongs 
In your mi flake , and too much honoured me, 
That (in my judgment) was more ft to be 
Her foil than pet uye ; yet hath many an eye 
Given the likefentence, (he not being by ', 
Nay, more : / have been told, that my own mother 
faiP.d often to diflinguifh * tone from ''tot her. 

Said then Kjilandtr : If my rafh conceit 
Hath made a fault, mine er r our fh all await 
U yon your gratious pardon : / alone 
Was not deceived \ for never any one 

1 hat viewed Parthenia's vifage, but would make 
As great an err our by as great m\ flake. 

But (Madam) for her fake, and for your own ^ 
(Whofe worth may challavge to it [elf alone, 
Morefervice than Kalander canexprefs ) 

2 • are truly welcome : enter and poffefs 

1 his Caftle as your own ; which can be blefi 
In nothing more than info fair a Guefl. 

Whereto the Lady ( entring;) thusrepli'd : j 
let everlaflingjoys be multfli d 
Within thefe gent legate s^ and let them fl and 
As lafling monuments in tip Arcadian Land., 
Of rare and bounteous hoffitality 
Jo after times. Let fir anger spafflng by 
Blefs their fucceeding heirs as jhall dtfeend 
Trim fuch a Lord., from fuch a r ; oble Friend. 

When as a little refpite had repaired 
Her weary Limbs, which Travel had impair'd, 
The freenefs of occafion did prefent New 

Book ii. aitgaluja; and ^atttyetua. u* 

New fubje&s to difcourie ; wherein they (pent 
No little time : among the reft befel (often ftopt with tears) to tell 
()i Argalus and loft Parthenia^s love, 
Whole undiiTembled paffion did move 
A general grief ; the more that they attended 
To his lad tale, the more they wifht it ended. 

Madam ( laid he ) although your v if age he 
Like hers j yet may your fortunes dif agree ; 
Poor Girl : and as he fpake that word, his eyes 
Let fall a tear. The Lady thus replies. 

My Soul doth fuffer for Parthenia's/^e : 
But tell me* Sir, Did Argalus for fake 
His poor Parthenia whom he lov d jo dear ? 
How hath he J pent his days ere f nee, and where ? 

Madam ( laid he ) when as their marriage- day 
Drew near ; mif chief, that now was bent to play 
Upon the Jl age, her fludied mafler -prize, 
With ugly le pro fie did fo dijguife 
Her beauteous face, thatfbe became a terror 
7o her own Jeff : But Argalus the mirror 
Of true/} confijtncy, (whofe loyal heart, 
Not guided by his eyes, difdaind toflart 
From his pa ft vows) did in defpight of fortune 9 
Purfuehufixt de fires, and importune 
7* intended marriage ne'rthelefs ; but /he 
Whom reafon now had taught to dif agree 
With her di/lr acted thoughts, ft ands deaf and mute y 
And at the laft, t* avoid his further fute ; 
Not making any private to her fight, 
She quits the houfe, andfteals away by night \ 
But Madam, when us Argalus^erce/V^ 
That {he wasfted,and being quite bereaved Of 

1 1 2 ^itgalUg and ^arttyetUa Book H- # - 

Ofhis loft hope, poor Lover, he affays 

By toilfome Pilgrimage to end his days, 

Or find her out : Now twice fix months have run 

Their tedious courfes,fince he fir ft begun 

His fruit lefts Journey, ranging far and near, 

Suffering as many Sorrows as a year 

Could j end, and made by tlP extr earns of weather 9 

Unapt for Travel ; fortune brought him hither f 

Where he as yet remains, till time [hall make 

His wafied body fit to undertake 

His difcontinuedprogrefs, and renew 

His great inquefi for her, who at fir ft view, 

Madam youJeem*d to be. 

So (aid, the Lady, from whofe tender eyes 
Some drops did Aide, whofe heart did fympathize 
With both their fbrrows; laid, And is there then 
Such unexpected con fancy in men ? C Moft Noble Sir ; 3 
If the too rafh de fires of a fir anger 
May de difpens d withal -with out the danger 
Of too great boldnefs, Ifhouldmake requeft 
To fee this noble Lord, in whofe rare breft 
(By your report) more honour doth refide 
Than in all Greece ; nay, all the World be fide : 
I have a meffage to him, and am loath 
To do it, were I not ingagd by Oath, 
Whereat Kjilander not in breath, buta£tion f 
Applies himfelf to give a fatisfaction 
To her propounded wifh : protraftion waftes 
No time, but up to Argahis he haftes : 


^Arglus comes down, and after falutation 
Given and received, flie accofts him on this fafhion : 


H4 attgalUg and ^attljetua. Fook IJ. 

My Noble Lord, 
Whereas the loud refounding trump of fame 
Hath noised your worth, and gloried jour name 
Above all others, let your goodntfs now 
Make good that fair report ; that I may know 
By true experience, what my joyful tar 
Had but as yet the happinefs to hear, 
And if the frailty of a Woman's wit 
Should change i* offend ; be noble, and remit. 
Then know (mofi noble Lord) my native place 
Is Corinth ; ofthefelffamt blood and race 
With fair Queen Hellcn, in whofeprirxely Court 
I had my birth, my breeding ; tobefhort, 
Thither, not many days ago, there came 
Disguised and changd in all things but her name 
The rare Parthenia, fo infhape transformed, 
In feature altered, and in face defornzd, 
T hat (in my judgment ) all this Region could 
Not (hew a thing more ugly to behold. 
Long was it ere her oft repeated Vows 
Andfolemn Protections could rouze 
CMy over dull belief : till at the lafl, 
Some pajfages that heretofore had pajl 
Infecret r twixt Parthenia and me, 
Gave fullajfurance V could be none but fhe ; 
Abundant welcome, (as afoul fo fad 
As mine, and hers, could give or take) (be had : 
So like we were in face, in fpeech, in growth^ 
That whofoeverfaw the one, faw both ; 
Tet were we not alike in our Complexions 
So much as in our Loves, in our affections ; 
One for row Jerv*d us bsth, and one relief 


Book ii airgalugt and ^atttjenta. 115 

pojildtajt us hotfooting partners in one grit f: 

Much private time wtjoyntly /pent; and neither 

Could find a true content ■, if not together, 

1 he Jlrange occurr^ntsof her dire mis fort tie 

•She oft di/cours J t, which (I rongly did import tint 

A world of tears from thefefujfufed eyes. 

The true Partakt rs of her miferies. 

And asfjje [pake, tie accent of her for y 

Would always point upon the eter?ial glory 

Of your rare conflancy, which wbofoere 

In after ages fj all pre fume to hear 

And not admire, let him be proclaimed 

A rebel to all virtue, and (defarnd 

In his befl actions) let his leprous Name- 

Or die difhonour*d, or furvive with fhame. 

But ah ! what Simples can the hand of art 

Find out to flanch a Lovtrs bleeding heart ? 

Or what (alas ! ) can humane skiU apply , 

ToturntheCourfe ofLov*s Phlebotomy ? 

Love is afecret fire, infpir^d and blown 

By fate, which wanting hopes to feed upcn y 

Works on the very foul, and does torment 

1 he univerfe of man : which being f pent 

And wafted in the conflict, of ten fhr inks 

Beneath the burthen : and fo conquered, (inks : 

All which your poor Parthenia knew too well, 

Whofe bed-rid, hopes not having power to quell 

Th* imperious fury of extream difpa/'r, 

She languiftft : not being able to com r aire. '"yCVj 

7 he will of her victorious paffion ; cryed, ~ 

My dear eft Argalus far ewe I, and died : 

My Lord, not long before her latefl breath 



n6 aitgatag and jdattljetua. Bookii. 

Had freely paid the full arrears to death , 
She calld rn° to her ; in her dying hand 
She (trained mine, whiFfl in her eyes did (land 
AJhower of tears unwept, and in mine ear 
She wifper*d(o, as all the Room might hear : 

Sifler (faid (he) (that title pajt between ut y 
Not undiferv*d, for all that ere hadfeen m 
Mi/look usfo, at leap) the latefl fand 
Of my f pent hour-glafs is now at hand : 
7hoJe joys which heaven appointed out for me, 
I here bequeath to bepoffeft by thee ; 
And whenfweet death jh all clarifie my thought s, 
And drain them from the dregs of all my faults. 
Enjoy them thou, wherewith (being fo refined 
From all their drofs) full fraught thy constant mind t 
And let thy prof parous voyage be addreft 
To the fair port ^Argalus hisbrefi, 
As whom the eye of Noon didne*r difcover 
So loyal,fo renown* d, fo rare a Lover ; 
Cafi anchor there ; for by this dying breath , 
Nothing c an pleafe my foul more, after death y 
And make my Joys more perfect, than to fee 
A Marriage *twixt my Argalus and thee ; 
This Ring, the pledge betwixt his heart and mine % 
As freely at 'he gave m?,l make thine: 
With it unto thy faithful heart I tender 
My [acred vows, with it I here furrender 
AH Right and title that I had, or have 
In fuch a bleffing as I now muft leave ; 
Go to him, and conjure him in my name y 
What love he bare to me, the very fame, 
OCbat he transfer on thee Make no denial, 


Book II. atrgalug and ^atttyenia. 117 

Which granted^ live thw happy, conflant, loyal ; 
And as jbefpake that word, her voice did alter, 
Her breath grew cold, herfpeech btgan to filter \ 
Fain would (be utttr more, but her fpe?it tongue. 
( Aot ablt to go further) faifd and clung 
To her dry roof : a while, as tn a trance 
She lay, and on afudden did advance 
Her forced language to the height, and crytd y 
Farewel, my deareft Argalus ; and dyed. 

And now, my Lord, although this offct be 
linfuitable to my Sex, and dtf agree 
loo much, per chance, with the too mean condition 
Of my poor fl ate, more like to find deri (ion 
lhau fat is fact ion ', yet, my gr at ions Lord y 
Extraordinary merits do afford 
Extraordinary means, andean excufe 
The breach ofCuJiome, or the common ufe : 
Wherefore incited by the dear directions 
0/^e4^Parthenia> by my own affections 9 
And by the exflenceof your high defer t, 
I hereprejent youwith a faithful heart \ 
A heart to you devoted, which ajfures 
It fe If no bappmefs but in being yours. 
Pardon my boldnefs, they that fhall reprove 
7 his as a fault, reprove a fault in love : 
And why jbould Cufiome do our Sex that wrong 
To take away the privi ledge of our tongut ? 
If nature give us freedom to affect , 
Why thenfbonld Cufiome bar us, to detect 
1 he gift of nature t /be that is inpain y 
Hath afnfficient warrant to complain. 
1 hen give mt leave^ ( ?ny Lord ) to re-infoni 

*i8 3ttgaiug and ^atti}enia. Bookii 

A Virgins fait, and (thinking n£t the worfe 
Of proffered love) let my dt fires thrive , 
And freely accept what 1 fo freely give. 

So ending, tilence did enlarge her ear, 
(Prepared with quick attention) to hear 
His gratious words : But Argalus, whofe Paflion 
Had put his amorous Courtfhip out of fafhion, 
Returned no anfwer, till his trickling eyes 
Had given an earned of fuch Obfequies, 
As his adjourned Sorrow had intended 
To do at full, and therefore recommended 
To privacy ; true grief abhors the Light , 
Who grieves without a witnefs, grieves aright. 

His paflion thus fufpended for a while, 
(And yet not ib, but that it did recoil 
Strong fighs) he wipM his tear- bedewed eyes ? 
And turning ro the Lady, thus replies ; 

Tour no lefs rare than noble favours fbo>v 
How much you merit, and how ?nuch I owe 
Tour great defert , which claims more t hank fuinefs 
Than fuch a dearth of Language can exprefs : 
But mofl of all, Iflandfor ever bound 
To that your Goodnefs, my Parthenia found 
In her diflrefs, for which refpeel (in duty 
As I am ty d) poor Arg'lus (hall repute ye 
The flower of noble courtefie, and proclaim 
Tour high defer vings. Lady, as lam , 
A poor unhappy wretch, the very f corn 
Of all profperity, diflrefs, forlorn, 
Vnworthy the leafi favour yoti can give, 
I amyojfflave^your Beedfman will I live ; 


Eook II. Sdrgahig and tytatymin. n? 

Bin for this weighty matter you propound, 
Although I jet how much it would redound 
To my great happinefs, yet heaven knows 
(Aloft excltent Lady) I cannot difpofe 
Of my own thoughts , nor have 1 power to do, 
What elft you needed not perfwade i?ie to; 
For truft me, were this heart of mine my own y 
To carve according to my pleafure,none 
But you ftjould challenge it ; but while 1 live y 
h is Parthenia's, and not mine to give. 
Whereto flie thus replies : Mo/t noble Sir, 
Death that hath made divorce ^twixtyou and her, 
Hath now returned yon your heart again, 
Di[Jo/v 7 d your Vows, di/link't that [acred chain, 
Which ty^d your fouls : nay more, her dying breath 
Bequeathed your heart to ?ne ; which by her death 
Is grown a debt that you are bound to pay : 
Then know (my Lord ) the longer you delay y 
The longer time her foul is difpojfefl 
( And by your means) of her de fired reft. 

Whereto the poor diftrefled Argalus, 
Pauling a while, returned his anfwer thus : 

Incomparable Lady, 
When fir (I of all, by heaven? s divine directions y 
We lov*d, we lilfu, we linPt our dear affections y 
And with the foltmn power of an Oath, 
In pre fence of the better Gods, we both 
Exchanged our hearts : in witnefs of which thing y 
1 gave, and fhe received that dear Ring, 
Which now you wear : by which fhe didrefigne 
Her heart to me ; for which, I gave her mine* 
Now, Madam, by a mutual commerce % 

i2o StgalllS and ^att^enia. Book 11 

Mine exchanged heart is not my own, but hers : 

VVhich if it had the power tofurvive, 

She being dead, what heart have I to give ? 

Or if that heart expired in her death, 

What heart had Jhe (poor Lady ! ) to bequeath ? 

Madam, in her began my dear affection ; 

In her it liv*d, in her it had perfection ; 

In her it joy* d, although but ill befriended 

By fate ; in her begun, in her it ended. 

IfIhadlov J d,ifIhadonlylov'd 

Parthenia's beauty, I hadfoon been mov'd 

To moderate myforrows, and to place 

That Love on you, that have Parthenia's face : 

But ^twas Par then ia's felfl lov'd, and love ; 

VVhich as no time hath power to remove 

From mvfixt heart, fo nothing can diminish, 

No fortune can diffolve, no death can finifh. 

With mingled Frowns and Smiles fhe thus reply 'd 

Half in a rage, And muft I be deny*d ? 

•Arethefethe noble favours I expected ? 

1o find dif grace, and go away rejected ? 

Mofi noble Lady, if my words ( faid he ) . 
Sate not your expectation, let them be 
Imputed to the mifery of my ft ate, 
VVhich makes my lips tofpeak they know tot what I 
Mi [take not him, that only ftudies how 
VVith moft advantage fi ill to honour you . 
Alas ! what joys I ever did receive 
From Fortune fs buryed in Parthenia's Grave ; 
With whom, ere long (nor Are my hopes in'vain) 
I hope to meet', and never part again* 


Book ir. 3irgaltt^ and 0atHjema. 12 


So faid, with more than Eagle-winged halte 
She flew into Ins bofbme, and imbracM 
[ In her cros'd arms, his fbrrow wafted was. ] 
Surcharged with Joy, fhe wept, not having power 
To fpeak* Have you beheld an April (Lower 
Send down her hafty bubbles, and then ftops, 
Then ftorms afrefh, through whole tranfparent drops 
The unobfcured Lamp of Heaven conveys 
The brighter glory of his refulgent rays : 
Even fo, with her blufhing cheeks refided 
Amixtaipe£t, 'twixt fmilesand tears divided : 
So even divided, no man could fay, whether 
She wept, or fmil'd, fhe finil'd and wept together £ 
She held him faft, and like a fainting Lover, 
Whole paflion now hadlicenfe to dilcover 
Some words : Since then thy heart is not for mt : 
Take, take thy own Part hen ia ((aid fhe) 
Chtar up ! my Argalus, theft words of mint 
Are thy PartheniaV, as PdYthcni^s thine ; 
Relieve it ( Love) thefe are not falfc alarms 9 
Thou haft thy own Parthenia in thy arms. 

Like as a man, whole hourly wants implore 
Eacli meals relief, trudging from door to door, 
That hears no dialect from churlifh lips, 
Bur news of 'Beadles, and their torturing whips, 
Takes up (perchance) fbmc unexpected treafure 5 
New loft ; departs, and joyful beyond meafure, 
Is fo tranfported, that he fcarce believes 
So great a truth; and what his eye perceives, 

I 2 Not 

j 24 Sfrgalujat and ^atttyema. BookiL 

Nor during truft, but fears it is fbme vifion, 
Or flattering dream, dcferving but derifion ', 
So Argalus amazed at the news 
Fain uvuld believe, bur daring not abufe 
His eane idith toofoon ; for fear his heart 
Should forfeit on conceit, he did impart 
The truth unto his fancy by degrees : 
Where ftop'tby pailion, falling on his knees, 
He thus began ; you eternal power s, 
7 hat hive the guidance of theje fouls of ours y 
Who h\ your jujt Prerogative can do 
Wh.:t is a (in, for man to dive into : 
\\ ' hojt undif covered actions are too high 
For thought : too deep for man ^inquire \ why ? 
Delude not thefe mint eyes with the falfefhow 
Of fuel) a joy, as Imufl never know 
■ But in a dream ; or if a dream it be y 
let me never wakeagaine, to fee 
Myfelfe deceived, that am ordain dt* erf oy 
A realgreif) and hut a drtamingjoy. 
Much more he fpaketo this etfeft, which ended, 
He blefthimfelf, and ( with a figh) unbended 
His aking knees, and rifing from the ground, 
He eaft his rouling eyes about, and found 
The room avoided, andhimlelf alone 
The door half clos'd, and his Parthenia gone, 
His new diftemperM paffions grew extream : 
1 knew , / knew, ( faid he ) 'twas but a dream \ 
j4 minutes joy, a flajb, a flattering bubble ; 
Blown by the f ancy, full of p leafing trouble ; 
Which waking breaks, and empties into aire y 
And breaths into my foul a freflj defpair. 

Book II. 3tti$alU$ and ^atttjettta. 125 

J knew ^twds nothing but i golden Dream, 
Which (waking ) make i n t s t be more cxt ream ; 

1 knew* twos nothing but a ZJ°*i 

A blifs whh h (\ vaktng) I fbould joy, 

My dear Parthenia , nil • -e , wj 

Art thou that fo dt/uaji mine eye, mine ta f ? 
Oth At my weakened fancy had the might 
To re prefect unto my rtal fight 
What my deceived eyes beheld, that I 
Might fur ft with excefs of Joy 9 and d) 
With that the fair Parthenia ( whole - 
Was all this while, by fire,todrav irej 

And by a well advifed Courie to finotl 
The fury of one paffion with another) 
Stept in, and (aid, I hen Argatus take them 
Thy true Parthenia : thou dream? :t not now ; 
Behold thisR\ng,whofe Mtitto doesimpa*? 
7 'he conjiancy of our divided heart : 
Behold thsfe eyes, that for thy fake have 
A world $f tears, unpitted^ttnlamtnted : 
Behold this face, that had of 
To enrfe all beauty, yet it Mi 
Witnejs that Ta por 3 wboft frvpheth 
Was omtedand revived with one pxff : 
And that my words ; t thy duli(>eikf y 

r lwaslthat roivPd beneath the $ . 
When than didjl curfe the d 
My face ; and then the Taper 
So foul a face ; *twat 1, t 
Wit r y flood deaf \ and 

To all thy *rg 7 d perfwafhns : 


126 3Itgaltl£ and ^attijetlta. Bookll 

Awandring Pilgrim, tr lifting to be led 

By fortune, to my Death ; and therefore ft d. 

But fee ! the powers above can work their ends, 

In fpight of mortals \ and what man intends. 

The JTeavens difpofe, and order the event : 

for when my thoughts were defperately bept 

To mine own mine, I was led by fate 

( Through dangers, now, too tedious to relate ) 

To fair Queen Hellenes Court, not knowing whither 

My unadvifed fleps were guided. Thither 

My Genius brought me ; where unknown to any, 

I mourned in file nee, though obferv'd by many : 

Relieved by none ; at length they did acquaint 

The fair Queen Hellen with myfiranpe complaint : 

Whofe noble heart did truely fympathize 

With mine, partaking hi my miferics \ 

Who fill 'd with ptty, firongly did importune 

7 he wofulcaufe of my difaflrous fortune, 

Jni never refted till /he did enforce 

7 be fe lips t J acquaint her with the whole difcourfe ) 

Which done : her gracious pleafure did cormnand 

Her own Chirurgeon, to whofe skilful hand 

She left my foul di fed fe, who in the fpace 

Of twice ten dap, reflcr'dme to this face I 

7 he cure perfected, flraight fhefent about 

( Without my knowledge ) to enquire out 

That Party, for whofe fake I was contented 

7' } endure fuch grief with patience, unrcpented ; 

Hoping ( ftnee by her means , and help of art 

My face was cufd ) evenfo to cure my heart. 

But when the welcome Meffenger returned 

7 he place of thy abodc y how myfpirit burrfd 


Book ir. Sltjattta! and ^atttyema. 127 

To kifs her bands, andfo to leave the Court : 

B<itjbe y ( wh ofe favors did tran cm d report : 

As much, as they exceeded my defer t ) 

Detain d me for a while, as loath top irt 

With her poor handmaid ; t{ll at Unpretending 

A I vers haft, and freely apprehending 

So )((l a canfe of fpetd ; Jhe foon befriended 

Ah heft defirt s, and fent me thus attended : 

Where {under afalfe mask ) I laid this Plot y 

To fee howfoon my An**lu$ had forgot 

His dead Parthenia ; "hut my blejjed ear 

Hath heard, what few or none m:tft b*pe to bear : 

Now farewel for row, and let old dej pair 

Go feek newhrefrs : let mif chief ever dare 

Attempt our hearts : let Argalus enjoy 

J-fvtru? Parthenia ; /e/ Parthenia^ joy 

Revive in him ; let eachbeblefl in either, 

AndbUfl be Heaven, that brought us both together. 

With that the well-nigh broken hearted Lover 9 
RavilhM with over joy, didchusdifcover 
His long p^nt words : And do the fe eyes onct more 
Behold what their extream difpair oaveore 
To hope for ? Do thefe wretched eyes attain 
Jhebappinefstofee this face again ? 
And is there fo ntnoh bap pine fs yet left 
For a broke heart, a heart that was bereft 
Of power t*enjoy\ whtt Heaven hath pov^r to vive ? 
Breaths my Parthenia ? Does Parthenia live ? 

Whomever (aw thePole-alfe&ing (lone/ 
By hidden power, ( a power as yet unknown 
Toofir confinM and darkned reafbn ) draw 
Tne neighbouring fteel, which by the mutual law 

I 4 Of 

123 . atgaltijS and ^flfcttjetrta. Book II, 

Of natures fecret working, drives as much 
To be attracted, till they joyn and touch 
Even 16 thefe greedy lovers meet, and charms 
Each other ftroiigly: in eacho hers arms ; 
Even fb they meet, and viith unbounded meafi 
Or true content, and time beguiling pleafure 
Enjoy each other with a world of kifles, 
Seding the Patent of true u orldly bliffes ; 
Where for a while I leave them to receive 
What pleafures new-met Lovers ufe to have. 

Readers forbear, and let no wanton eye 
Abu !e our Scene, let not the ftan.ter by 
Corrupt our lines, or make an obfeean glofs 
Upon our iober text, and mix his drofs 
With our refined Gold, extracting fowre 
From fweet ; and poyfon from fo fair a flower. 
Correct your wandring thought's, a nd do not fear 
To think the bell ; Here is no larqmn here, 
No luftful, noinfatiate Mejpttine, 
Who thought it gain furficient to refign 
An age of honour, for a Night of pleafure ; 
Whole ftrength to endure lull, was thejuift meafure 
Of her aduft defire : Ye need not fear 
Our private Lovers, who efteem lefs dear 
Their Lives, than honours, daring not to do 
Bur what unfhanYd, the Sun may pry into. 

If any itching ears defire to know 
What fecret conference pa ft: betw r ixt thefe two 9 
Tothemmy MufethusariCwers : 'When your cafe 
' Shall pro v£ the like, fhci wills you to embrace 
? True lonouf , as thefe noble Lovers did, 

1 And you ihall know j till then, you are forbid 

c To 

Book ii. ^frgalug: and ^atttynia. 129 

STo enquire fu h i : Onl) this'fbej 
e you (land, thai [o\ e'-> diieales 

I by their meeting, they 

Havfc in t . i 1 a v ^ a; riage day ; 

Which that i might lucceed a 1 h fairer fortune, 
iters, flie riiov cs y< urpleafures toimpoi tune 

The better I /o is, T^f thtjwouUpleafe Sappay 

7 htit griefs with joy ', dndjmiU upon that day. 




77^ Third Book. 

WHen fturdy Marcos ftorms are overblown, 
And 4prii\ gentle fhowrs are fliden down, 
To clofe the wind-chapt Earth, fucceeding My, 
Eniers her month, whofe early breaking day 
Calls Ladies from their eafie beds, to view 
Sweet Ma/a^s pride, and the difcoulour'd hiew 
Of dewy-brefted Flora, in her bower, . 
Where every hand hath le-ivetopick the flower 
Her fancy tikes; wherewith to be polTeft, 
Until it fade, and whither in her breft. 
Now fmooth-facM Neptune , with his gladder (miles 
Vifits the banks or his beloved Ilts ; 
Eolw calls in the winds, and bids them hold (Their 

x$o airgalug and ^attljema. Book in. 

Tneirtuil-mouctiMblatts, LhacbrearhiefVarecoacrurd. 
Each one retires, and fh rinks into his feat, 
And Sea green Jritcn founds a fhnll retreat ; 
And thus at length, our Pinaee is pail ore 
The bar, and rides before the Maiden tower. 

Up, now in earned (Voyagers) and (land ye. 
On your faint legs. Our Long boat ftraight (hall land 
Forget your travels now ,and lead your eyes ( ye. 
From your part dangers to your prelent prize : 
You rrafticknot lor toys, the Gods have fee 
No other price to tilings of price, but five at. 
Chearup; call home your hearts, and bead visM, 
Goods eas'ly purchased, are as easily prizAl : 
You tra flick not for trifles, and your travel 
Was nor tocompais the almighty gravel 
Of th* Indian A//*ej,roha!lalty6ureftaces; 
*Twas not fo t bla'ls of Honour, whofepoor dates 
Depend on regal fmiles, and have no meafdres, 
Bu: \lonarch% wills,expiring with their pkafiires : 
*Twas not to conquer Kingdoms, or obtain 
The dangerous title of a Soyeraign : 
Thefeare poor things: if is hut fatfe difcretion 
To toy 1, where hopes are tweeter than polTelTion ; 
No, we are bound upon more brave adventures, 
True Honour, Beauty, Vertue, are the Centers 
To which we point, whereto our thoughts do tend ; 
And heaven hath brought our Voyage to an end. 
Hail, noble ArSlus ; now tb^ Cockboat ftands 
Secure, ftep forth ; fpread forth thy widened hands, 
And take thy faireft Bride into thy arms : 
Strike up (brave Spirit) Cupids frefh alarms 
Upon her melting lips : take Toll, before 
Thou fet her dainty foot upon the fhore ; So 

>k in. 3ltgalug and ^attljenta. 131 

So let her Aide upon thy gentle breft, 

And feel the ground ; then lead her to her reft. 

Go Imps of honour, let the morning Sun 

Gild your delights, and fpend his beams upon 

Your marriage Triumphs ; let his Weftern light 

Decline apace, and make an early night. 

Go,7 *r/Zej,go,let trebble jo\ s betide 

The faithful Bridegroom, and his faireft bride : 

Let your own vertues light you to your reft ; 

To morrow come we to your nuptial feaft. 

By this, the curl'd pate Waggoner of heaven 
Had finifh't his diurnal courfe, and driven 
His panting Steeds a down the weftern /;///, 
When filver Cynthia rifing to fulfil 
Her nightly courfe, lets falls an evening tear, 
To fee. her brother leave the Hemifphere, 
Which by the air difpersYI, is early found 
(And call'd a pearly dew ) upon the ground : 
Still as the night, no language did moleft 
The waking ear ; all mortals were at reft : 
No breath of wind had power to provoke 
The Afpine-lcaf, or urge the th 1 afpiring fmoke ; 
Sweet was the air, and clear ; no ftar was hid j 
No envious cloud was ftirring, to forbid 
The wild Aftronomer to gaze and look 
Into the fecrets of hisfpangled book ; 
Whil'ft round about, in each refbunding grove, 
(As if the Chorifiers of night had ftrove 
T'excel) the warbling Philomel compares 
And vies by turns, hzrPolypbolian airs. 
And now the horn-mouthM Bellman of the night 
Had fent his midnight fummons to invite 


I J2 3tgattt# and ^attljema, Book III. 

Nights ravenous rebels from their fecret holds 

To rome and viiit the (ecurer Folds ; 

Wnil'itdrouzv Morpheus with his leaden key s> 

Locks up the Shepherds eye-lids, and betrays 

The fcatter'd flocks ; which lie like faenfic 

Expe&ingfirv 7 when the Min god rlfes. 

By this the pale fae'd Emprefe of the Night 

Had re-furrendred up her borrowed light. 

And to the lower world fhe now retires, 

Attended with her train of leffer fires, 

And early H [per fhoots his golden head, 

To ufher Titan from his purple bed ; 

The gray-ey 9 d Janitor does now begin 

To ope his Eaftern portals, and let in 

The new born day ; who having lately hurPd 

The fhades of night into the lower world, 

The dewy-cheek't Aurora does unfold 

Her purple curtains, all befringed with Gold ; 

And from the pillow of his Cr ocean bed, 

Don Phoebus rouzes his refulgent head ; 

That with his all-difcerning eye forvays' 

And gilds the mountains with his morning rays. 

Nowyiow 9 the wakeful Erfdegrooom (w r hofelaft night 

Had made her fhades too long) fahites the light, 

Salutes the welcome li *ht t which now, at length, 

Shall crown his heart with joys^eyond theftreogth 

Of mortal language* whofe religious fires 

Shall light thofe Lovers to their fefires* 

\3pArgal?4s y and d*on thy .Nuptial weeds, 
T^enioy that joy from whence all py pre : • 

Enter thofe joys, fi om x py proceeds : 

Up Argduty and 'doa th y i . . , . e ds. 

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And thou fair Briie^ more beauteous then the day, 
Thy day isiome,and Hymen calls away ; 

Aw ike and x^\xuz thee from thy downy flumber : 
Thy Day is come : O may thy joys out number 
1 hy minutes that are part, and doeniue; 
Arife, and bid thy Maiden bed adieu ; 
Put on thy Nuptial robes, time cails away ; 
O may ihy after days be like this day. 


By this, bright Vhtbus with redoubled glory, 
Had halfway mounted to the hightett itory 
Of his Olimptck Patace : there to fee 
This* long expe&ed dayes iblemnity : 
When all on fjdden, there was heard (around 
From every Quarter) the jV.ajeftick found 
Cfmany Trumpets :ali, in confort running 
Cne point of War, tranfeending far the cunning 
Of mortal blaiis ; and, what did feem more Grange, 
The fhriliru uih'd Mufckdidas ludden change 
To Doruk rtrains, to fweet mollitiousairs, 
To Lyirick ion^s, and voices like to theirs 
1 hat diarm'd Vlyjjts : whilft th'a mazed ear 
Stoo i taviihtat theie changes, it might hear 
1 hole voices, ( by begrees ) transformed to Lutes, 
*Io <Sb<ilms, deep throated Sackbuts, and to Flutes, 
Andeccho forcing Corntts ; which furpaft 
The art of man: this Harmony did lart 
Vntil the Bridtgroom came : but all men wondred 
To hear the nolle : Some thought the Heavens had 
To a new tune f and fome more wifer ears (< hundred 


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Conceiv'd ir was the Mufickofthe Sphea-<s : 

All wondred, all men gaz'd, and allcculd hear ; 

Bat none knew whence the Nl.fick was, or where, 

Forthwith, as if a fecond Sun had rofe, 

And ftrove with greater brightnefs, toderole 

The glory of the rn ft, the Bridegroom came, 

UfherM along wich Eagle- winged fame. 

Whole twice rive hundred mouthsdidatoneblaft 

Infpire a choi land Trumpets, as he pail : 

His Nuptial vefture \\ asot Scai lee die y 

So deep, as it would daz!e a weak eye 

To gazeupon't ; to which, the curious Art 

Of the laborious Meed le did impart 

So great a glory, that you might behold 

Arifihg&i?, imboft v* ith purelf Gold : 

From whence ten thou (and t miles of gold came down 

In waving points, like Sun beams from the Sun : 

Thu> from his chamber 'midil the vulgar Croud 

(Like Titan breaking through a gloomy cloud) 

The long t xpefted Bridegroom came, and pall 

Th'amazed multitude ; till, at the 1 aft, 

H's Herald brought him to the hall of (late. 

Where all tW Arcadian Nobles did await 

To welcome his approach, and to dilcharge 

The lower volley of their joyes at large : 

The Hall was fpatious, lighcfbme, and beftrowM 

With Flora's wealth, ( a bounty that fhe ow'd 

This glorious feaft ) the walls were richly clad 

With curious Tap* (fry, ( fuch as Greece ne'r had 

Before that day ) wherein you might behold, 

Wrought to the life, in coloured filfe and Gold, 


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This prefent ltory of thefe pecrlefi Lovers, 

Which like a filent Chronicle, difcovers 

Thefeveral paffages that did beta I 

7 Twixt their fifft meeting, and their Nuptial ; 

Dcvis'd and Wrought by Virgins born in Greece, 

Prefented to this Triumph, as a Puce 

Devoted to the memory and fame 

QfJrgalus, and his Parthemaes name ; 

No fooner was the Ceremony ended 

( Wherein each noble Spirit more contended 

T'exprefsarlection, then a lie £t theexpreffioa 

Of courtly i^/V/<;£,inabare profsflioti 

Of airy friendfhip ) but a iiidden fhout 

Of rudely mingled voices flew throughout 

The fpatious c*flk y which confusMJy cry'd, 

Joy to Parthtma, to theftirejt Bride. 

Forthwith ( as if that heaven had broken loofe, 

And Dieties had meant to enterpofe 

Their heavenly bodies, with the mortal tribe 

Of men ; or elle, intending toafcribe 

Their personal honor to this Nuptial) 

In more then princely ftate, enters the baM 

A glorious fhew of Ladies, allarray'd 

In rare and coftly robes, and richly laid 

With Gems unvalued ; and each Lady wore 

A fcarfe upon her arm, embroidred ore 

With Gold and Pearl ; thus hand in hand they pad 

Into the H^U, bwt oft their eyes did caft 

A backward look, as if their thoughts did mind, 

Some greater glory, comming on behind : 

Next after them came in the Virgin Crew 
In tnilke white robes (Virgins that never knew 

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T he iacred myit'ncs ot the man iage bed, 
N-sjr, finding trouble in a Maidenhead 
" : 'en« a thought to nuptial joyes till now ) 
is p.ift thefe buds of nature, two by two, 
Their long difhevelled treffes dangled down 
With carelefs Art, and on each head a crown 
Of Golden Lawrel ftood : their faces fhrowded 
Beneath a vail, feem'd as the ftars were clouded. 

Have ye beheld in frofty Winters even, 
When all the leffer twinkling Lamps of Heaven 
Are fully kindled, how the ruddy iace 
Of nfing Cynthia looks ? with what a grace 
She views the throne of darknefs, and afpires 
TlfOfympick brow, amidft the fmaller fires ? 
So after all theiefparh of beauty came 
(They were but (parks to fuch a glorious flame ) 
The fair Parthenia : Thus the role -cheek'd Bride 
Enters the room ; a milk-white^// did hide 
Her bhuhing face, which ne'rthelefs difclofes 
Some glimps of red, like Latvn ore-fpreading Rofes ; 
Thus entrcd file. The Garments that fhe wore 
Were made of purple filk, befpangled ore 
With Stars of pure ft Gold, and round about 
Each feveral Star went, winding in and out, 
A trail of Orient Pearly fo rarely wrought, 
That as the garments mov'd,you would have thought 
The Stars had twinkled ; her diflhcvelled hair 
Hung down behind, as if the only care 
Had been to reconcile mgleft and art , 
Hung loofely down ; and vail'd the backer part 
Ofthefc her Sky-relembling Robes ; but lb, 
That every breath would wave it too and fro, 


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Like flying clouds, through which you might discover 

Sometimes one glim'rirtg vy^r,fometimes another : 

Thus on flic went ; her ample train lupported 

By thrice three Virgins, evenly hz'dand ibrted 

In purple robes : forthwith, the Bridegroom riles 

From or his chair ; bows down and lacrifices 

The peaceful offering of a morning kifs 

Upon her lips : TofttcbaS&int as this, 

0, rvhat rebellious heart could chit ft hut boiVy 

And offer freely the perpttuall vow 

Of choice obedience ? 

With' that,cach Noble moves him from his place 3 
And with a pofture, full of princely grace, 
Salutes the worthy brid?,whh words, expreiTmg 
The joyful! model of a Kingdom's bleifing. 
But hark ! The Hymenean Trumpet fends 
Her lateft fummons forth : Hrw;?attends 
The noble pair, and is prepared to yoke 
Their promisM hands : the (acred Altars fmoke 
With Myrrh and Frankinanfe, the ways are If row'cl 
With Flora's pride, and the expefting crowd 
Have throng 5 d the ft rests, and every greedy eye 
Attends to (ee the Iriumfh pa fling by.- 

At length the gaces flew open : on this fafhioa 
Began the triumph : firft a Proclamation 
Was made, with a loud voice : // any be 
Or Lord, or Kjtight, or xvhatjoer degree. 
Prof effing Arms cr Honor in the Land, 
That at this time can challenge' or pretend 
A title toV&xlXwmtfsheart , or claim 
A right, or inter eft in her love or name : 
Let him come forth in Per [on, or appear 
By nohle Proxy j if not pre fent here : 

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140 Srgaittg and l&avttyeilia Book III, 

And by the ex? lent honor of a Jynight , 
H? {hall recievef itch honorable right 
As thejujlfrvord can give ; let him now come 
Jndjpeak, orelje^for ever more be dumb. 

Thrice was it read ; which done, forthwith there 
True honors Eagle winged Herald,Fame ; ( came 
Sounding a filver Trump ; and asfhe paft 
She fhook the earths foundation, with her blaft : 

Next after whom in undiffembled ftate 
The Bridegroom came : on his right hand did wait 
The god of war in martial robes of green, 
All ftainM with bleeding hearts, as they had been 
But newly wounded, and from every wound 
Frefh blood did feem to trickle on the ground : 
And as the garments mov'd, each dying heart 
Would feem to pant a while, and then depart : 
Upon the Bridegrooms left hand there attended 
Heavens Purfivant, whofe brawny arms extended 
A winged Caduce : he had fcarce the might 
To curb his feet : his feet were wingM for flight : 
Above his head their hands did joyntly hold 
A Crimfbn Canopy emboli with Gold. 
Next them twice twenty famous Nobles fbllow'd, 
Brave men at arms, whofe names the world had hal- 
For rare exploits and twice as many Knights,(low'd 
Whofe bloods had ranfom'd, & redeem'd the rights 
Of wronged LadyesrThefe were all array'd 
In robes of Needle-work, fo rarely made, 
That he which fees them, thinks he doth behold 
Armours offteel,fair filletted with Gold : 
And as tkey marcht, their Squires did advance 
Bcforeeach Knisht hiswarlick&WeWand Lance. 


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And after thefe, the Princely Virgin Bride 
On whom all eyes were faftned, did divide 
Her gentle paces, being lead between 
Two Goddejfes, theonearray'd ingreen, 
On which the curious needle undertook 
To make a forreft : here a bubltng brook 
Divide two thickets : through the which doth flie 
The fingleD^r, before the deep mouthM cry 
Thatclofely follows : there th'aftrighted Herd 
Stands trembling at the Mufick, and afearM 
Of every fhadow, gazes to and fro, 
Not knowing where to ftay, or where to go : 
Where, in a Landskip, you may fee the Faunes 
Following their crying mothers ore the Lawns : 
The other was in robes, the purer die 
Whereof did reprefent the mid-day skie 
Fu\lofb/ack c/oHds',through \vhich,the glorious beams 
Of the victorious «$//# appears, and feems 
As 'twere to feattcr, and at length to fhed 
His brighter glory, on a fruitful bed 
Of noifbme weeds,from whence you might difcern 
A thoufand painful bees extraft and earn 
Their fweet provifion : and, with laden thighs 
To bear the waxy burthens : On this wife 
The princely bride was led betwixt thefe two, 
The firft, was fhe, that on Atteons brow 
Reveng'd her naked Chaftity : the other ( tlicr 
Was fhc, to whom Joves pregnant brain was mo- 
Through Vulcans help, and thefe did joy ntly hold 
Upon her head a Coronet of Gold : 
Whole train Diana's Virgin crew, all crown'd 
With Golden wreaths, fupported from the ground. 

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Next after her, upon the triumph waited 

An order, by Diana new created, 

And fty I'd , The Ladies of the Madienhead, 

In white, wrought here and there with (pots of red, 

An J every fpot appeared asaftain 

Of Lovers blood, whom their coy hearts had (lain ; 

Kankt three and three, and on each head a Crown 

Of Primer ofes,an.dRo/es not yet blown. 

Next whom, the Beauties of tW Arcadian Court 
March'd two and t wo, whole glory came not fhort 
Of what th'unlimited and ftudied art 
Of glory-vying Ladiescould impart 
To fuch (blemniries, where every one 
Strove to excel, and to b'excell'd of none. 

Thus came they to the Temple, where attended 
The facred Vriefls, whofe voices recommended 
The days fuccefi to heaven, and did divide 
A bleiling 'twixt the Bridegroom and the Bride ; 
Which done, and after low obeifance made, 
The firft ( while all the reft kept filence ) laid : 

Welcome to Juno's facred Courts : Draw near ; 
Vnfpotted Lovers, welcome : do not fear 
To touch this holy ground ; pafs onfecure ; 
Our gates {land open to fuch guefts as you are : 
OurgratiousGoddtCsgranteth your d* fires , 
And hath accepted ofthofe holy fires 
IV e offered in your name, and takes apleafurc 
Tofmell our Incenfe, info great a meafure 
Of true delight, that me are bold to fay, 
She cro'Vf/s your vows, and [miles upon this day. 

So laid they bowed to the ground, andbleft 
Thcmlclves : that done, they Tingled from the reft 


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The noble Bridegroom, and his Princely Bride, 
And (aid, OurgrAtious Qoddefs be our guide, 
As tve are yours : Ana as they fpake chat word, 
Their well tunM voices fweetly did accord 
With mufick from the Altar : as a long 
They paft, they gently warbled out this Song ; 

] Hhs in Pomp And Priejlly pride, 
Jo glorious Juno's Altar go we ; 
Thus to JuhoV Altar (how we ; 
The noble Bridegroom and his Bride : 
Let Juno' j hourly blefjings fend ye 
As much joy as cm at ten dye. 

Ma? thefe Lovers never wAnt 

True joys, nor ever beg in vAin 

Their choice de fires : but obtain 
WhAt they can wtfh, And (he can grant ; 

Let Juno\f hourly bltfftngfendye 

As much joy as cah attend ye. 


from JeAlouJie, domeftich jArs, 

From thofe blows thAt leAvs no f cays, 
Jnno protect your marriage life : 

Let JunoV hourly blefjingfendye 

A* much joy as can attend ye. 

1 hits to Hymen's [acred bands, 

We commend your chaft deferts, 

That as Juno link y tyour hearts, 
So /he would pleafe to joy n your hands ; 

And let both their bleffingsfendyt 

As much joy as can attend ye, 

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No fooner was this Nuptial Card ended, 

But bowing to the ground, they recommended 

This princely pair ( both proftrate on the floor) 

And with their hands prefented them before 

The facred Altar, whereunto they brought 

Two milk-white Turtles ; and with Prayers befought 

That Juno^s laiting favours would defcend, 

And make their pleafures, pleafiires without end. 

With that a horrid crack of dreadful thunder, 
Poffeft each trembling heart with fear and wonder ; 
The rafters of the holy Temples (hook, 
As if accurfed Archimagos book 
( That curled Legion ) had been newly rezd ; 
The ground did tremble, and a mift ore-fpread 
The darkened Altar. 

At length deep filence did pofTefs and fill 
Thefpatious Temple, all waswhiftand ftill. 
When from the cloudy Altar brake the found 
Of heavenly M*//dr,fuch as would confound 
With death, or ravifhment, the earth-bred ear, 
Had not the Goddefs given it ftrength to bear 
So ftrong a rapture. As the Mufick ended, 
The mift on fudden vanilli't and afcended 
From whence it came. The Altar did appear, 
And Allies lying where the Turtles were : - 
Near which, great Hymen flood, not feen before ; 
His purple mantle was imbroidrcd ore (behold 

With Crowns of Thorn, 'mongft which you might 
Some, here and there, ( but very few,) of gold ; 
Upon each little fpace, that did divide 
The ieveral Crowns, a Gordian knot was tide ; 
And turning to the Erie/l, he thus began : • 


Book in. 3ltgalug and ^attljema. 147 

IV bat mean thefe fumes ? Say, what hath mortal man 
To do with m ? What great requejl ? what fuit 
Does now attend m, that they thus faltite 
Our noflrils, with [itch acceptable favors ? 
1 ell us j w her in they do implore the favors 
Of the pleased Gods? for by the eternal throne 
AndMa]efiy of Heaven, tt {hall be done. 

Whereto, with bended knees, they thus replied; 
Great God, this noble Bridegroom, and this Bride 
Whom we, mofl humbly, here pre fent before 
Great Juno's facred Altar, do implore 
Tour gr at ions aid ; that with your nuptial bands 
Tour grace would pleafe to tie their promised hands. 


With that he ftraight defcends the holy ftair^ 
And with his widened arms divides and fhares 
An equal blcfling 'twixt them both, and laid ; 

NObleTouth-y and lovely Maid j 
Heaven accepts your plcafing fires, 
And hath granted your defires ; 
By the my fiery of our power , 
Firfi we confecrate this hour 
To Juno* s name, 
Our pr of parous actions with fuccefs* 
With this oyl ( which we appoint 
Tor holy ufes ) rve anoint 
Tour temples, and with nuptial bands 
Thus we firmly joynyottr hands ; 


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Bejoytfdfor ever : and let none 
Prefumefundo what we have done 
Bejoyrfd till law lefs Death/A "all fever 
Both hands and hearts be joy 11 d for ever : 
Eternal cnrfes we allot 
To thofe ,t ill then Jh all loofe this knot. 
So faid, he bleft them both in Juno's name, 
And from their fight he vanifht in a flame : 
That done, they rofe, and with new fumes faluted 
The fmoaking Altar : thrice they proftituted 
Their bended bodies on the holy ground, 
Where, fending forth the well accepted found 
Of thanks and vows, from their divided heart, 
They kifs the (acred Jltar } and depart ; 
And with the felf-fame Triumph as they came, 
ReturnM ; whil'ft the louder Trump of Fame 
With a full blaft, fends forth a fhrill retreat, 
And re-condu£fcs them to the Hall of State, 
Whole richly furnifht table would invite 
A bed-rid ftomackto an appetite, 
And make the waftful glut ton , that does eat 
His unearned dyet with his dayly (weat, 
Behold his heaven in a more ample meafure, 
Than he had hopes to purchafe with the treafurc 
Of his beft faith ; fuch were the dainties, fuch 
The viands , that I dare not think too much 
To term it Paradife, where all things did 
Offer themfelves, and nothing was forbid : the Marjhalof this princely feaft 
Had in his rightful feat placed every gueft, 
A fbft harmonious rapture did confine 
AH tongues with wonder, as a thing divine. 

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Forthwith, with joyned hands and fmiling faces 
With habits more unequal than their paces 
A jolly pair drew near the table ; th'one 
In green : his pamper'd body had out-grown 
His feam-ript garments, all imbroider d ore 
With fpreading Vines, whole fruitful leaves did covet 
With f welling Clufters ; his out-ftrutting eyes 
StarM in his head : his dropfie fwollen thighs 
Quagg'd as he went ; his purple coloured fhout 
Was deeply furnifh't and inrich't about 
With Carbuncles ; around his brows did twine 
Full laden clufters, ravifht from the Vine. 

The other was a Lady, whom the Sun 
With his bright rays, had too much gaz'd upon, 
The colour of her filken mantle was 
'Twixt^ree/zand yellow, like the fading grafs : 
On which were wrought inclofed Fields of Corn, 
Some reap'r,fome bound in fheaves,and fbme unlhorm 
VVell favoured was her countenance, plump & round ; 
Her golden trelTes dangled to the ground : 
Her temples bound with full ripe ears of Wheat, 
VVreath'd like a Garland: frequent drops of fweat 
Down from her fwarthy brows did flily trickle 
And in her Sun-burnt hand {he bare a fickle, 
Thus ufher'd, with a Bag-fipe to the table, 
They both ftood mute, : Bacchus as yet unable 
Tochallange language from his breathlefs tongue^ 
Til! fmiling Ceres thus began the fong. 



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' Elcome fair eft Virgin Bride, 
Welcome to our jolly feaft : 
7 aft what Ceres did provide 
For fo fair, fofair ague ft : 
Bacch. laft what Bacchus did provide 
For fo fair , fofair a gheft : 
Welcome faireft Virgin Bride, 
Welcome to our jolly feaft* 
Chor. Our conjoyned bounties do 

Make Marsfmile, and Venus too. 
Ceres. Welcome noble Bridegroom hither. 
Worlds of blifs, and joy attend ye. 
Freely welcome both together, 
See what Ceres bounty fends ye. 
Bacch. Freely welcome both together, 

See what Bacchus bounty fends ye. 
Welcome noble Bridegroom hither ; 
Worlds of blifs, and joy at ten dye. 
Chor. Our conjoyned bounties do 

Make Mars fmile, andVznustoo. 
Ceres. Here is that, whofefveet variety 
Gives you pleafure and delight ; 
Makes you full without fatiety ; 
Waftes the day, and haftes the flight. 
facch. This willrouz the man of war 

When the drum fball beat in vain, 
When hUfprits drooping are, 
'I his will makt them rife again. 
Chor. You thatjoyntty do inherit 

Venus beauty, Mars hisfpirit, 
Freely tafl our bounty : fo 
Mars fall (mile, and Venus too. 

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The Song thus ended, joyning hands together, 

They bowM andvanifht, none knew how, nor whi- 

To make relation of each quaint devife ( therv 

That art prefented their unwearied eyes : 

The nature of their mirth, of their difcourfe i 

The dainties of the firft, the fecond courfe : 

The fecret glances of the Bridegrooms eye 

On his fair Bride ; how oft flie blufhr, and why, 

Were but to rob the Bridegroome of his right, 

Who counts each hour a Summers day till night* 

Methinks it grieves me, that my Pen ihould wrong 

Poor Lovers difappointed hopes (b long : 

And it repents me fo, that oftentimes 

Methinks I could be angry with my Rimes, 

And for the cruel fins that I commit 

In being tedious, fbme I wi/hunwrit: 

Let it fuffice, what glory, what delight, 

What Hate, or what to pleafe the appetite, 

The eye, the ear, the fancy : In a word, 

What joy fb fhort a feafon could afford 

To well prepared hearts, was here expreft 

In this our Nuptial, this our princely feafh 

Thus "when the board was voided, and the Stives 
Had now refign'd his office with the Ewer, 
The curious linen gone ; and all the rights 
Performed, that 'long to feftival delights : 
The light-foot Hermes enters in the Hall, 
Holds forth the Caduce^ and adjures them all 
To depth of filence ; tells them, 'tis his task 
To let them know, the Gods intend a Mask, 
To grace thefe Nuptials ; and with that he fpted 
His air-dividing pinions and fled, 

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When ftlence thus had charmed every ear 
The tifosk, With wonder, and attention, they might hear 
** The winged Quirifters of night, about 

In every corner,, fveetly warbling out 
Their Philomelian airs, and wilder note, 
Which nature taught them to divide, by rote \ 
So that the hall did feem afhady Grove 
Wherein by turns, t // 'ambitious Quire firove 
1 ' 'excel tbewfelves. 

White thus their ear s were feeding with delight 
Upon thofe fir ains, the Goddeis of the night 
Enters the Scene : Her body was confined 
Within a coal black Mantle, thorow Urfd 
With (able Furs : her Ireffes were of blew 
hike Ebony, on with a. Pearly dew 
Hung, likeafpiders Web ; her face didfljrowd 
Afwarth Complexion, underneath a cloud 
Of black cur Id Cyprefs : On her head (he wore 
J Crown ofburnifjt Gold, befjjaded ore 
With Frogs and Rory mift : her hand did bear 
A Scepter and a fable Hemifphere : 
She (lemlyfhook her dewy locks , and brake 
kA melancholy/#2/7e, and thus brfpake ; 

Drive on, drive on, ( dull Waggoner ) let flip 
Your loofer reins, and u(e thine idle whip, 
Thy pamper'd Steeds are purfie, drive away, 
The lower world thinks long to fee the day : 
Darknefs befits us beft ; and our delight 
Will relifh far morefweeter in the night : 
Approach ( ye blefled Shadows ) and extend 
Your early jurisdiction, and befriend 
Our nightly fports : Approach, make no delay, 
It is our Queen, your loveraign calls away. With 

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With that, afudden darknefs fill 1 a the Hall : 
1 he tig ht was bantfht, and the windows all 

So neerly closed th:ir eye-lids round about, 
'that day conld not get in, 7ior darknejs out ; 
Thus while the steath-reftmblixg (hades ofn>ght 
Had drawn their mi fly Curtains i twixt the lioht 
And every darknad eye, which was denied 
Jo fee , but t hat , which darknefs could not hide : 
'[he jealous God, fearing he knows not whom, 
( Indeed whom fears he not ? ) enters the room, 
And with his club-foot groping in thejhade 
Of night, he muttered forth tbefe words, andfaid 

Where is this wanton Harlot now become ? Vukant 
Is light fo odious to her ? or is home **• 

So homely in her wandring eyes, that fhe 
Mult ftill be rambling, where unknown to me 
Can nothing be concluded, nothing done, 
But intermedlingJ / e#/wmuft be one ? 
Is't not enough that Phxbus does applaud 
Her lufts, but muft Nights Goddefs be her Baud ? 
Darknefs be gone, thou Patronefs to luft : 
If fair means may not rid thee, fouler mud, 
Away ; my power fhall out-charm thy charms, 
I'll find her panting in her Lovers arms, 
Enter you Lamp lets of terreftrial fire, 
And let your golden heads ( at leaft ) confpire 
To counrerfeit a day, aud on the night 
Revenge the wrongs of Phtbus, with your light, 

So f aid, the darkmd hall was garni/Jjt round 
With lighted Tapers ; Every Obje ci found 
An eye to own if, and each eye was filled 

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IV it b plea fare in the object it beheld. 

As theft devifefd changes did incite 
Their quickned fancies with a frejjj delight, 
Morpheus came in ; his dreaming pace was fo, 
That none could fay he mov^d, he mov'dfo flow : 
His folded arms, athwart his breafl, did knit 
A [laggards knot, his nodding chin did hit 
Again jl his -panting bofome, as hep aft : 
And oftentimes his eyes were clofedfaft \ 
He wore a Crown of Poppy on his head ; 
And in his hand he bore a mace ^Lead : 
He yawned thrice, and after homage done 
To Nights black Soveraign y he thus begun : 

Mcrfbeu* Great Emprefs of the World : To whom I owe 
s ? eec * My felf, my fervice, my perpetual vow : 

Before the footftool of whole dreadful throne 
The Princes of this lower world lay down 
Their Crowns and Scepters ; whole victorious hand 
In twice tw 7 elve hours did conquer and command 
This globe of earth, yourfervant (whofe dependance 
Quickens his power) comes to give attendance 
Upon the earthly fhadows, and to feize 
Upon thefe wearied mortals when you pleafe 
T'appoint ; till then yourfervant is at hand 
To put in execution your command' 

Towhomthefmiling Goddefs thus replied. 
7k GoJ- Morpheus, our pleafure is to let afide 

J mks be ^ lis ™§' lt: t0 mirt ^h & time-beguiling (ports ; 
speech. Our fleep-reftraining bufinefi much imports 

Your welcome abfence, whiPft our ears fhall 
1\\s flying hoursywx mirth admits no flumber {number 


Book IIL ~~3~tgalU0 and ^attijCUtil. 157 

The word J caret' ended, but the Queen cfLove 

Dtfcendedfrom her unfetnfeat, above ; 
In her fair hand jjje led her winged Son, 
And like a fit ll-mouth* d tempefl , thus begun : 

Difloyal Sycophant ^Death's baftard brother, Venn kr~ 
Accurfed fpaun,caft from as curs'd a mother: ^11%^ 
That with thy bafe impoftures rifleft man 
Of half his days, of half thatlittkfpan 
Nature hath lent his life, that with thy wiles 
Hugg'ft him to death, betray'ft him with thy fmiles : 
What mak'ft thou here, and to ufurp my right, 
Perfidious Cai'tijfe ? Venus day is night : 
Go to the frozen world, where man's defire 
Is made of Ice, and melts before the fire, 
Yet neV the warmer : Go, and vifit fools, 
Or Phlegmatick old age, whofe fpirit cools 
As quickly as their breath : Go, what have we 
To do ( dull Morpheus ) with thy Mace, or thee, 
As leaden as thy Mace ? Th'ar t made for nought, 
But to ftill Children, or to eafe the thought 
Of brain fickFranticks ; or with joys -to flatter 
Poor (lumbering fouls, which w T ak'c, find no fuch mat- 
Go fiiccour thole that venl by quick retail, (te| 
Their wits upon dear penny-worths of Ale: 
Ormarrow'd Eunuchs, whofe aduft defire 
Wants means to flack the fury of their fire: 
O that I were a Bafilisk, that I 
Might dart my venome, or elle venom'd die* 

Boy, bend thy bow, and with thy forked dart 
Drawn to the head, thrill, thrill him to the heart : 
Let fly Death's arrow, or i£ thou hi ft none, 
la Death's name fend an arrow. of thy own : 

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We are both wrong'd, and in the fame degree : 
Shoot then, at once, revenge thy felf and me . 

With that the little angry God did bend 
His ft eel bow, and in Deaths Name did [end 
His winged Meffenger, whofe faithful hafte 
Diftatcht Iris ireful errand, andftuckfafl 
Within his pierced Liver, and did hide 
His finging Feathers in his wounded fide. 
Morpheus fell down as dead, and on the ground 
Lay for a little feafon in a fvourid, 
Gafping for breath. And lovers dreams (they fay) 
Have evermore been wanton fince that day. 
Venus was pleas d: The Goddefs of the night 
Grew angry \{be would needs resign her right 
OfGovernment, and in afpleen threw down 
Her Hemiiphere, her Scepter, and her Crown : 
And with a duftyfogfbe did befmear 
7 he face of Ycnus, [oil* d her golden hair 
With her black [hades, and with foul terms reviPd 
Both her, her cuckold mate, and baflard child : 
Whereat the God of War being much offended, 
Forfook both feat and patience, and defended : £5h 

jjndtothe World he proffered to make good 
Fair Venus honour, with his dearejl blood : 
To whom poor Vulcan (puffing in a rage, 
To hear his well known fortune on the ft age) 
ScalPd many a thank, and with his crouching Kj*ee % 
Profeft true Love to/uch true friends as he. 
And ever fince, experience lets us know, 
Cuckolds are kind tofuch as make them fb. 

By this god Morpheus waking from hisfwound s 
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, 1 » r 

Drew /<?r//; theburyedfhaft ; fotf Mars f ir/w/i? nw^ 

Admits ?w other feccnd but hufvord ) 

U»fbtatl?d his furious brondiron, and let fly 

A blow at Morpheus head , «?/;/VA had well nigh 

Clove him in twain, had not the Queen of night 

HurPd hafiy miffs before his darkned fight ; 

S& that the Sword, by a fa/fe guided aim 

Strxk Vulcan 7 s foot : which ever fince was lame : 

At lafl the Gods came down, and thought it good 

To nip this early quarrel in the bud ; 

Who fearing uproars, with a friendly Cup 

0/#/ey? Nepenthe, took the quarrel up : 

Arid for tlP fence committed did proclaim 

Thisfentence in offended Juno's name, 

Morpheus from hence is banifht for this night, &* 

And not t'approach before the morning light: $ £ tm 

Mars is exilM forever, as a Gueft 

Adjudged unfitting for a Marriage-feaft. 

Cupid is doom'd to rome and rove about 

To the World's end, and both his eyes put out, 

Venus iscenfur'd to perpetual Night, 

And not (unlefsby ftealth, to fee the Light : 

Her chiefeft joy to be but pleafing folly, 

Perform'd with mad nefs, dogg'dwith melancholly 

And here the Mufick did invite their paces 
To meafure time, and by exchange of places 
To lead the curious beholders eye 
A willing captive to variety. 

Thus, with the fweet vtciffitude of mirth 
They f pent the time, <*s if that Heaven and Earth 
Hadfiudied topleafe man, wfuch a mtafwe, 

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Y hat art could not do more f augment their pkafure. 
And fo they vanffit. 

Now Ceres Evening bounty re-invites 
Her noble guefts to her renew'd delights : 
And frolick Bacchus, to refrefh their fouls 
With a full hand, prefentshis (welling Bowls. 
Wine came un wifh't, like water from a fcource ; 
And Dilicates were mingled wkhdifcourfe : 
What art could do to make a welcome gueft, 
Was liberally prefented atthatFeaft. 


It was no fooner ended, but appears 
An old grey pilgrim, deeply ftruck in years, 
Intatter'd garments : in his wrinkled hand 
An hour-glafs labouring with her lateft fand ; 
Beneath hisarm, a buffen Knapfack hung 
Stuft full of writings in an unknown tongue, 
Chronologies, out-dated Almanacks, 
And Patents that had long furviv'd their wax ; 
Upon his Shouldiers Eagle- wings were joyn'd : 
His head ill thatcht before, but bald behind : 
And leaning on his crooked Sythe, he made 
A little pauie, and after that, he laid : 

Mortals, ''tis out, my Glafs is run. 

And with it the day is done : 
Darkjbadows have expelPd the Lig ht^ 

And my Gla/s is turned for night. 


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The Quten of darkn'fs bids me fay, 

Mirth is fitter for thz day : 
Upon the day fuch joys attend \ 

With the day fuch joys muft end. 
Think not darknefs goes about, 

Like Death, to puff your plea fur es out ; 
No, no, [he'll lend you new delights, 
She hath plefures for the Nights. 
When as her fhadows fhall btnight ye, 
She hath what JballfMl delight ye : 
Aged timefball make it known, 

She hath dainties of her o y vn : 
'7 is very late, away, away, 

Let day [ports expire with day : 
For this time we adjourn your Feajl : 

7 he Bridegroom fain would be at reft . 
And if the night paftimes difpleafe ye, 
Day will quickly come and eafe ye. 
With that a fweet vermilian tin£ture ftain'd 
The Brides fair cheeks : the more that fhe reftrain d 
Her blulh, the more her difbbedient blood 
Did overflow, as if a fecond flood 
Had meant to rife, and, for a little fpace, 
To drown that world of beauty in her face : 
She blufht ( but knew not why ) and like the Moon, 
She look't moft red upon her going down. 
But fee : The liniling Ladies do begin 
To joyn their whiFpering heads, as there had been 
A plot of treafbn : till at length unfpi'd, 
They ftole away tlAinwilling-willing Bride : 
Their bufie hands unrob'd her, and fo led 
The timorous Virgin to heNuptial-bed 


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By this, the Nobles having recommended 
Their tongues to filence, their difcourfe being ended, 
They Iook't about, and thinking to have done 
Their Service to the Bride, the Bride was gone : 
And now the Bridegroom, (unto whom delay 
Seem'd worfe than Death) could broke no longer ftay: 
Attended with his noble Guefts, he enters 
That room, where enterchangible Indentures 
Of deareft love lay ready to be feal'd 
With mutual Pleafures not to be reveal'd. 

His garments grew too tedious, and their weight 
(Not able to be born) do over-fraight 
His weary fhoulders : Atla* never ftoop't 
Beneath a greater burthen, and not droop't : 
No help was wanting, for he did receive 
What fudden aid he could expeft or have 
From fpeedy hands, from hands that did not wafte 
The time; unlefs (perchance) by over-hafte : 
Mean while, a dainty warbling breft, not ftrong 
Asfweet, prefentsthis Epithalmion Song. 

Man of War, march bravely on, 
The Field's not eajie to be won : 
Therms no danger in that War, 
Where Lip both Swords and Bucklers are. 
Here's no cold to chill thee, 

A Bed of 'Down* s thy Field: 
litre's no [word to kill thee, 

Unlefs thou fleafe to yield. Here 


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Here is nothing will incumber, 
Here will be no J cars to number* 
Thefe be Wars of Cupid's ^making* 
Tbefe be Wars will keep you wakiug, 
7 ill the early breaking day 
Calls your forces hence away. 

Thefe be Wars that make no ffoil, 

Death btre (boots his (bafts in vain 3 
1 hough the Son tidier gets a foil, 

Hewillrouze and fight again. 
Thefe be Wars that never ceafe, 
But conclude a mutual Peace* 
Let benign and prof per out flars 
Breath fuccefs upon thefe Wars, 
And when thrice three months be run 7 
Be thou father of a Son : 

A fon that may derive from thee 

The honour of true merit , 
And may to ages yet to be^ 

Convey thy blood, thy Spirit j 
Making the glory of hit fame 
Perpetuate, and crown thy Nams^ 
And give it life in f pit e of death, 
When fame (hall want both Trump, and Breath* 
Have you beheld in a fair Summers Even 
The Golden headed Charioter of Heaven, 
With what a fpeed his prouder reins do bend 
His pasting Horfes to their Journies end ? 
How red he looks, with what a fwifc career 
He hurries to the lower Hemifphere, 
And in a moment fhoots his golden head 
Upon the pillow of blufhing Thetis bed i 


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Even fb the Bridegroom, (whole delire had wings 
More fwift than time,fwitcht on with plea fare) fprings 
Into his Nuptial bed; and look how faft 
The {looping Faulcon clips, and with what hafle 
Her talons (eize upon the timerous prey, 
Even fohis Arms, (impatient of Delay) 
His circling Arms imbracd his blufhing Bride, 
While (lie ( poor (bul ) lay trembling by his fide- 

The Bridegroom now grows weary of his guefts, 
What mirth of late was pleafing, now molefts 
His tired patience : Too muchlweet offends : 
Sometimes to be forfaken of our Friends, 
In Cupid 1 s Morals, is oblerv'd to be 
The fruits of Friendfhip in the bell degree- 
And thus at laft the Curtains being closed, 
They left thtm each in others Arms repos'd. 

And here my Mule bids draw our Curtains too, 
'7 is unfit to/eervhat private Lovers do. 
Reader, It t not thy thoughts grow ever-rank , 
But vail thy under ft andtng with a blank ; 
Think not on what thou think'jl : and, if thou canft : , 
Tet under Jl and not what thou under ft and? ft. 
Sow not thy fruitful heart with fo poor feeds : 
Or if perchance {unfown) they fpring like weeds , 
Z)fe them like weeds, thou knowejl not how to kill 
Slight them^ and let the?n thrive againft thy will : 
View them like evils, that Art cannot prevent, 
But fee thou take no pleafure in their f cent : 
And one thing more : when as the morning light 
Shall bring the bafbful Bride into thy fight. 
Be not too cruel : let no wanton eye 
Difturb and wrong her confeious mode ft y : 
And iffhe blufh, examine not for what : Nay 

168 aitgaltiS and ^attljenta. Book III. 

Nay, though thoujee it (Readtr) fee it not. 
And fhall our ftory difcontinue here ? 
Or want a period till another year ? 
Shall we befriend thefe Lovers with the night, 
And leave them burycd in their own delight, 
And fo conclude ? No, it fhall ne'r be fed 
That marriage joys end in the Marriage bed : 
Fond and adulterate is that love which founds 
Her happinefs on fiich unliable grounds : 
And, like a fudden blaze, it never lafts, 
But as the pleafure waxes cold, it waftes. 

Now Argdm awakes, and now the light 
Is even as welcome to him as the night : 
His eyes are fixt upon his lovely Bride, 
While fhe lies fweetly (lumbering by his fide : 
She lleeps, he views her : thrice his mind was bent 
?£ o call Farther? a, zn& thrice it did repent : 
Sometimes his lips, with a ftoln kifs would greet 
Her guiltlefs lips : (I hey fay , (loin goods arefrveet ) 
At length (lie wakes, and hides her blufhing cheeks 
In his warm bofbme, where fhe fafely fecks 
Tor Sanctuary, whereunto fhould fly 
The guilt of her protected Modefty : 
He fmiles and wifpers in her deafned ear ; 
(Women can under ft and, and yet not hear ) 
He fpeaks, but fhe (even whil'ft his lips were breaking 
Their words) with hers did flop his lips from fpeaking. 
When thrice three Suns had now almoft out-worn 
The rare folemnities that did adorn 
Thefe Princely Nuptials , and had made report 
Grow fomething fparing in t)f Arcadian Court, 


Book in. 31 tgaiug and #attt)enia. 1 69 

The Bridegroom, whole endeavours were addreft, 
To pra&ife what may pleafe his fair Bride beft, 
Refblv'd to leave s houfe, and crowi* 
Parthema ible Comrrtandrefs of her own : 
Long was it ere KjUvdtf* liberal ear 
Could be unlockt ; it had no power to hear 
The word farewell : Still Argalus intrcated, 
And framM excufes ; which he (bon defeated. 
But as the flout Alcides did cafhire 
One rifmg head, another would appear : 
Even fb, whiPft his ingenious love did (mother 
One caufe of parting, he would find another. 

KjUndcr thus at laft ( being over- wrought 
With words, which importunity had taught; 
Inexorable Argalus) was fain 
To yield what he fb long gain-faid in vain, 
* Tis now concluded, Argalus muft go, 
But yet KjUnder muft not le^ve them fo : 
There is no parting, till the aged Sire 
Shall warm his fingers by Parthema 7 s fire. 
Parthenia fues, KjUndtr muft not reft, 
Till he become Parthenia 1 ^ promised gueft. 
The morrow next, when Titans early ray 
Had given fair earneft of a fairer day : 
And with his trembling beams had repoflefl: 
The eyes of mortals, newly rouz'd from reft, 
They left Kjl*ni*i*s Caftle ; and that night 
Arriv'd they at the Palace of delight : 
( Fcr fo 'twas called ) it was a goodly feat, 
Well chozen , not capacious, as neat : 
Yet was it large enough to entertain 
A potent Prince, with all his Princely traia : 

M tt 

170 3itgalus and f&atfljenia. Book III- 

Ir Jeem'd a Center to a Park, well llor'd 

With Deer, whole well thriven bounty did afford 

Continual plea fare and delight ; nay, what 

Thar Earth calls good, this Seat afforded not ? 

Th'impatient Faulkner here may learn to fay 

Forgotten Prayers, and blefs him every day. 

The patient Angler here may tire his wifh, 

And (ifhepleafe) may fwear, and yet catch fifli. 

The fneaking Fowler may go boldly on, 

And ne*r want fport untill his Powder's done : 

And to conclude, there was no ftint, no meafare 

To th'old man's profit, or the young man's pleafure : 

Thither this night the Nuptial Troop is gone : 

And now P asthenics welcome to her own : 

But would you hear what entertainment part ? 

Conceive it rather ; for my Quill would wafle . 

Th'unthriving flock of my befpoken time, 

While fach free bounty cannot Hand with rime : 

But that which moll, did feafon and imbellilli 

Their choice delights, and gave the trueft reliih 

To their beft mirth and pleafures, was, to fee 

With what a fweet conjugal Harmony 

All things werecarryed ; every word did prove 

To add Ibme acquisition to their Love ; 

So one they were, that none could juftly fay, 

Which of them rul'd, or whether did obey : 

HeruFdjbecaufe jlie would obey ; and fhe 9 

In thus obeying, rul'd as well as he : 

What pleafed hirn^ would need no other cauk 

To pleafe her too, but only his applaufe ; 

A happy pair, whofe double life but one : 

Made one life double, and thefingle, none, 


Book nr. 3lrgaiu£ and 0attljenta. 171 

Thus when th' unconftant Lady of the night 
Had chang'd her horns for an Orb of Light : 
I\alandtr (whole occafions grew too ftrong, 
And may not be difpsns'd withal too long ) 
Takes leave, and ( being equal heavy hearted 
With fad Parthenia for his ha lie departed ! 
But Argdus (who never yet could own 
Himfelf with more advantage than alone) 
And fair Parthenia (whole well pleas'd defire 
Hopes nothing elfe ; if Argdus be by her) 
Needs not the help of any toaugment 
The better joys of their retir'd content: 
Sometimes the curious garden would invite 
Their gentle paces to her proud delight : (pleafiire, 
Sometimes the well-ftor'd Park would change their 
And tender to her view their light-foot treafiire : 
Where th'unmolefted Herd would feem to ftand, 
And crave a death at fair Parthenia^s hand : 
Sometimes her fteps would climb th'ambitious Tower > 
From whole afpiring top they might difcover 
A little Commonwealth of Land, which none 
But Argalus durft. challenge as his own : 
Sometimes, ( for change of pleafure he would read 
Selected Stories, whil'ft her ears would feed 
Upon thefe lips, and now and then aKifs 
Would interpofe like a Parenthefis, 
Between their femicircled arms inclos'd : 
(0 what dull [fir its could be indijpos'd 
To re ad fitch Lines ! ) and whil'ft upon the book 
His eyes were fix'd, her pleafed eyes would look 
Upon the graceful Reader, and efpy 
A ftory, far more pleafing in his eye. 

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( 22) 

Vpon a day as they were clofely fcated 
Her ears attending, whilft his lips repeated 
A ftory, treating the renown'd adventures 
And famous a£is of great Alcides ; enters 
AMejfenger, whofe countenance did bcwrav 
A hail too ferious to admit delay ; 
His hand prefents him Letters, which did brin^ 
Their iealed errand from t\t Arcadian King ; 
Whereat Panhenia role, and ftept afide : 
Her thoughts were troubled ; ever as (lie ey'd 
The Meflenger , her colour comes and goes : 
Partheniakaxs ; and yet Parthenia knows 
Not what to fear : Her jealous heart knows how 
To fear an evil, becaufe it fears to know : 
And as he read the lines, her eye was fixt 
Upon his eye, which feem'd to ftrive betwixt 
A thou (and thwarting paffions : Once he call 
His eyes on her, and finding hers fo faft 
On his, he blufht, fhe blufht, both blufht together, 
Becaufe they blufht for what, unknown to either. 
The Letter being read ( and having kift 
Bafilius name ) he fpeedily difmift 
The Meflenger, with promife to obey 
Bafilius juft commands without delay : 
That done he took Tarthenia by the hand, 
His dear Parthenia, by the trembling hand : 
And to her greedy eye he ftraight prefents 
The Paper ballac'd with its fad contents: 

M l Parthenia 

174 3!r<J&iU0 and ^atttyetua. Book III. 

Parthenia with a fearful flownefs took it, 
And with a fearful hafte did over-look it : 
Her face being blanched with the pallid fignes 
Of what fhe fear'd too fbon, (lie read thele lines. 
Bafilius Rex, 

WHereas the famous and victorious name 
Of great Amphialus, mxke the Irump offxm* 

Breath nothing but his Conquefts and Renown : 

Whofe lawlejs anions fortune ft rives to crown 

(In fpightofjuftice) with a Victors merit , 

Respecting more the greatnefs\of his Spirit , 

Thenjujtnefs of his caufe ; to the difbonour 

Ofvertue, and all f itch as wait upon her. 

J nd furthermore, whereas his power is known 

J } oppugn the welfare of our State and C rown ? 

With fir ong Rebellion, to the high advancement 

Of his difloyal glory, and inhancement 

Of his perfidious. Name, the great increafe 

Of factions, and disturbance of our Peace : 

Ttkewife, whereas his high prevailing hand 

( Again ft the force whereof no fifh can f and ) 

Could ne^r be equaPd yet, much lefs orecorm : 

But with loud Triumph fill doth carry home 

Thefpoils of our loft honour, to the fame 

Of his rebellious glory, andourftjame : 

We therefore in our princely care perpending 

Iheferious premifes, and much depending 

On your known Courage, havefeleUedyou 

70/^avrChampion-Iloyal, andrenew 

Our wafed honour with your Sword and Lance 

In equaal Dueil : Thus you (hall advance 

The glorious pitch of your renowned Name 

With the brave pur chafe of eternal Fame \ In 

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In this you (ball revive our dying glvry. 
And live the fubjecJ of theft Ages (lory, 
(Which (hill be read till time f hall have an end) 
And tie Baiilius your perpetual Friend. 

To our right trufly and noble 

Kjnfmxn, Argalus. . 

But as fhe read, her tears did trickle down 
Upon the Lines, as if they meant to drown 
Th'unwelcome meiTage, and at length (lie (aid. 

Ahm-: (my Argalus) was' V this you made 
Such hajie to an fiver ? did that anfver n~ed 
To be retumedivithfo ^reat a/peed ? 
Can you, can you be jo quickly won 
To leave your poor Parthenia, and begone ? 

To whom refolved Argalus (whoih, eye 
Was fixt upon his Honour) made reply, 
jl/j'^fe^Parthenia, were it to obtain 
The unjumrrid wealth ofVhit.0 ; or to gain 
The foveraignty oftl? earth without expence 
Of blood: or fveat, without the leaf: pretence 
Of danger, my ambition would dtfpife 
The eajie Conquef of fo great a prize , 
If par chased by thy dif content^ or by 
I he poor eft tear that trickles from thine ey c , 
But to recall my pro?mfe, or for f ike 
That refolution honour bids me make 
in this behalf, or to betray that trufi 
Reposed in me, the Gods would bennjufl 
(And notthemfelves) if they ihouldbnt command^ 
Or urn erne with an over fwaying hand : 

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My dear Parthenia : letnofalfefuggeflidn 

Abufe thy pajfion ; or prefume to quejlion 

My deareft love, though honour bids us party 

Yet honour cannot r oh thee of my heart : 

Honour that calls me with her loud alarms 

Will bring me back with Triumph to thy arms. 

So faid, the fad Parthenia ( whofe tears 

Areturn'd Lieutenants to her tongue) forbears 

To tempt her language : Griefs that are but fmail 

Can fpeak, when great ones cannot vent at alL 

But tender hearted Argalus, (to whom 

Such filence fpeaks too loud ) forfook the Room i 

And with a breft as full of penfive care, 

As honour, gave direftions to prepare 

His Warlike Steed, his Martial attire, 

And all things fuch Imployment doth require. 

And hear ,0 thou, thou great fupream Proteclrefs 
Of bolder Spirits, andthefole Direct refs 
Of lofty flying OuiUs, which Jhal! derive 
To after-times, what glorious Swords atchieve : 
And mak'fi the actions of heroick Spirits 
Perpetuate, and crown their names, their merits e 
Illufirious Clio, aid me and Infpire 
My raged Rimes with thy diviner fire : 
Teach me to raife my flyle, and to attain 
A pitch that may tranfeend the vulgar fir ai» : 
Reach me a quill tent from an Eagles wing : ■ 
And let my Ink be blood : that I may fmg 
Death to the life : Let him that reads, expound, 
"Each dafh a Sword, and every word a wound. 

By this, the Champion-Royal had put on 
His Martial Weeds : but ha ft ing to be gone, 


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The poor Partbenta, whole cold fit is paft 
( Like thofe in agues ) now does burn as faft : 
She leaves the lonely room, and coming out 
She finds her Argalm inclos'd about 
With glittering walls of fteel : apparrelfd round 
In his bright arms ( whom fhe had rather found 
Lockt up in hers ) and wanting nothing now 
But what her lips could not ( poor foul ) allow 
Without a fea of tears, her laft farewel, 


She ran unto him, wept, and weeping fell 
Upon her knees, fhe clalpt him by the arm, 
And looking up, fhe thus began to charm : 

My Argalus, my Argalus, my Dear 
And wilt thou go and leave Parthenia here ? 
Wilt thou for fake me then ? and can thefe tears 
Not intercede betwixt thy deafned ears 
And my fad fuit ? • Can ft thou^ can ft thou go 
And leave thy poor diftreft Parthenia/0 ? 
Parthenia/#e.f, Parthenia does implore, 
Parthenia begs, that never beg*d before : 
Remember, remember you are, now 
Under the power of a f acred vow : 
Honor muft [loop to vows, which once being cracks 
Tou cannot do on honorable act. 
I have a right unto you ; you are mine : 
J have that Intreft which lie ne*r reftgnc 
7 ill death ; lie never hazard to forgo 


180 aitgaius and ^att^enia. Book in. 

My whole eft ate of hapfintfs, at one throw ; 

No y nOy I will not, I will hold thee f a ft 

In f fight of honour y And her nine days blajl ; 

Tour former atts have given fuffic lent froof 

To the wide World ; your valour 1 * known enough 

Without a farther tryal ; there* s enough 

To lofe their Lives (lefs worthy) be fides you : 

^T was then a time for Arms, when y w had none y 

None other left to venture but your own : 

Excufe me then, that only do endeavour 

To hold my own, which now Imufty or never : 

CMiney mine you are, and you can undertake 

No danger ', but Parthenia mufl far take z 

Shall your Parthenia be endangered then ? 

Parthenia jW/ befrefent, even when 

The firoakesfall thickefl ; and Parthenia [hall 

Suffer what ere to Argalus may befall : 

Parthenia in your great efi fainfhallj 'mart ; 

Tour blood fh all trickle from Parthenia^ heart. 

Canfrayers obtain no f lace ? by this dear handy 

T he f acred fledge of our conjugal band. 

By all the f leaf ures of our dearefl love ; 

By heaven, and all the heavenly fower s above : 

Or ifthofe Motives cannot find a room, 

Tet by the tender fruit that in my Womb 

Begins to bud ; or if ought elfe affear 

To thy befi thoughts , more fret ious y or more dear. 

By that for Jake me noty although the re/i 

Prevail noty Grant this fir fly this I aft Reqtteft. 

To whom the broken hearted Argalus , 
Wcaried ? but not o'reom^made anlwer thus : 


Book in. Sttgaluja; and ^atttjenia. 181 

My clear Parthenia ; Thy defirts never 
Gainfaid my mil, tiIlno<v \ Do not perf ever 
To crave that boon 1 cannot grant : forbear 
To urge me : Refolution hath no ear ; 
Wetp not , (my joy) let not theft drops of thine, 
J hat trickle jrom Jo fair an eye y divine 
A foulfuccefs : Chear up ; a fmile or two 
Would make me half a Conquer our ere I go : 
Shine forth* andltt no envious cloud benight 
7 he glorious luff re of fo fair a light : 
Doubt ?jot my life, the jujlnefs of my Canfe, 
'That brings me on, will quit me rvith applaufe : 
Fear not that fuch a bhjfing, fuob a Wife, 
Was ere intended for fofhort a life : 
Expeci my f aft return ; as quick, as glor torn ; 
My genious tells me, I (ball live victor ions. 

So (aid, as if that' paflion bad forgot 
Her mother tongue, her tongue replied not : 
But, like to one, new ftricken with the thunder, 
She ftood betwixt amazement, fear and wonder : 
His lips took leave, and as his arms (unrounded 
Her feeble wafte, flic ftrait fell down and fwouqded : 
But Argaliu transported with the tide 
And tyranny of honour, could abide 
No longer ft.ay ; he trufts her to the guard 
Of her own Woman ; left her and repaired 
Unto the Camp ; wherein he (pent fome days, 
In parley with Amphialus', and affays 
By all per(wafive means, to make him yield 
To juft demands, and not to (lain the Field 
With needlefs blood : but finding him unapt 


1 82 3ttgalu£ and ^atttjenia. Bookiii 

— — — : ■""■" : — -n 

For peaceful counfel ( being ftrongly rapt 
With his own fame ) and fcorning to afford 
His ear to any language, but the fword, 
HeeeasM to advife him ; and (enforced to try 
A rougher Dialect ) wrote him this defie : 

Renown'd Amphiatus, 
If ftrongperfwafwns,backt withreafons, could 
Been honored with your ear, your wifdom would 
In yielding to fo fair a peace, have won 
As ample glory, as your fword hath done 
Toujhouldhave conquered fouls ,where norvatmojl. 
Ton canf ubdue but bodies^ that have lift 
Thepowe, torefifl: But fmcemy fuit, 
Sown onfo barren foil, can find no fruit ; \ 
Receive a mortal challenge, from a hand, 
Whofejujlice takes a glory to with (I and 
Sofoulacaufe, and labours to [ubdue, 
tour heedlefs errors, whilfi it honors you i 
Compofe you then, to make a preparation, 
According to your noble wonted fafhion : 
And think not flight of ne!r fo weak an arm 
1 hat (Irikes, when juflice (tr ikes up her alarm. 


No fboner had he read it, but is Pen, 
With noble fpeed, returned thefe lines agen : 

Much more renowned Argalus, 
Your faithful ferv ant, whofe victorious brow 
Was never daunted yet, is daunted now 
By your brave curtefie, being ftricken dumb 


Book in. 3lrgaUt£ and ^arttjenia. i8j 

With ) our rare m rtb y and fairly overcome : 
Tet doubting not the jit fine fs of my Caufe 
(J hat* s over ruled by the J acred laws 
Of At are ft lovej will give my f word tht power 
Evtn to maintain it to the late ft hour \ 
I fljall tx feet your coming in the 7/e, 
Where with a heart (notpotforfd with the biU 
Or gall of malice) with my deareft bloody 

lour Servant fjjall be ready to make good 

JJisjuft defigns : ajjnredofno le/s 

7 ban treble fame, if crowned with fuccefs : 

If not, therms no dtfoonour can accrew 

In being conquered, andorecome by you, 


Soon after Argalus (whofe blood did boil 

To be in a&ion) comes into the lie, 

Clad in white Armour, gilt and ftrangely dreft 

With knots of women's hair, which from his creft 

Hung dangling down,& with their bounteous treaflire 

Orefpread his Corflet in a liberal meafure : 

His curious furniture was fafhion'd out, 

Like to a flying Eagle round about 

Befet with plumes, whofe crooked beek (being call 

Into a coftly Jewel ) was made faft 

To th'faddle bow : her fpreading Train did cover 

His crooper, whil'ft the trappers feem to hover 

Like wings, that to the fixt beholders eye, 

As the horfe prancM, the Eagle feemM to fly ; 

Uponhisarm (histhreatning arm) he wore 

A fleeve. all curioufly imbroider'd ore 


1 84 ^tgaiUg and pattljetua. Book III. 

With bleeding hearts, which fair Parthenia made 

{ In thole crofs times, when fortune fb betraid 

Their fecret Love, and with a fmiling frown 

Dafht their falle hopes) as copies of her own. 

Upon his fhield (for his devife ) he let 

Two neighboring Palms, whole budding branches met 

And twinM together ; the oblcure Impreli 

Imported thus : Thus fiorifoing, astheje : 

His Horfe was of a fiery Sorrel, black 

His Main, his Feet, his Tail : on his proud back 

A coal black Lift : his noftrils open wide, 

BreathM War, before his fparkling eye defcridq 

An Enemy to encounter ; up by turns, 

He lifts his hafty hoofs, as if he fcorns 

The earth, or if his tabring feet had found 

A way, to goe, and yet neV change the ground 

By this, AmfhUlm ( who all this while 
Thought minutes years ) was landed in the He, 
In all refpefts provided, to afford 
As bounteous entertainment as the Sword 
And launce could give : and at the Trumpets found, 
The Steeds (that needed not a prick to wound 
Their bleeding flanks) both ftart,and with fmooth run- 
Their fta ves,declining with unfhaken cunning, ( ing 
Perform'd their Mafters will, with angry fpeed : 
But Argalus his well inftru&ed Steed 
( Being hot, and full of courage, fiercely lead 
By his own pride) preftiuhis prouder head : 
The which when ftout Amf hiatus efpide 
Well knowing it un(afe to give his fide) 
Preft likewife in, Co that bpth men and Horfe, 
Shoudring each other with a double fores 


Book in. 3rgahi£ and ^atttyeuia. 185 

Fell to the ground : hue by accuftom'd skill, 
And help of portun's hand, that fiiccours ftill 
Bold Spirits, fhunM die danger of the Fall, 
And had (lelsfear'd than hurt) no harm at all : 
They rod, drew forth their Swords,which now begun 
To do what their left ftaves had left undone. 
Have ye behejd a Leaguer ? In what fort 
The deep-moudVd Cannon plays upon the Fort, 
And how by piece-meals it doth batter down 
The yielding Walls of the befieged Town ? 
Even lb their Swords, (whofe oft repeated blows 
Could find no patience yet toenterpofe 
A breathing refpite) with redoubled ftrength 
So hew'd their prooflefs armours, that at length 
Their failing truft began to prove unfbund, 
And piece by piece they dropt upon the ground, 
Trufting their bodies to the bare defence 
Of vertue and unarmed Innocence : 
Such deadly blows were dealt, and fuch requited, 
That Mars himldi flood ravifht and affrighted 
To fee the cruel Combat ; every blow 
Did a£t two parts : both ftruck and guarded too 
At felf famelnftant. So incomparable 
Their skilful quicknefs was, that none was able 
l To fay (although their w T atchful eyes attended 
Theftroaks) who made the blow, or who defended : 
Long was it ere their equal skill and force 
Of arms could (hew a better, or a worfe : 
Neither prevailM as yet ; yet both excell'd 
In not prevailing. Never eye beheld 
More equal odds : No wound as yet could Ihow 
A drop of wafted blood, yet everv blow 

N Was 

1 86 3ttjalUg and |&airti}CUia BooklH. 

Was full of death : When skillful Gameftersplay, 
The Cbriflmas box gams often more than they. 

At length the iword of Argalus (that never 
Thirfted 16 long in vain till now ; nor ever 
Made victorious doubtful for lb long a fpace) 
Faftned a wound on the difarmed face 
Of the renown'd Amphialus, wherein 
Had not his faithful fhield born part, and been 
An equal fharer, his unequal foe 
No doubt, had lumm'd his conqueft in that blow * 
With that the ftout A?nphialus, whole harm 
Gave fprightly quicknels to his wounded Arm, 
Upheav'd his thirfty Brondyron, and let fly 
A downright blow ; but with a falfifie 
Reverft the ftroak, and left a gaping wound 
In his right arm : But Argalus, that found 
A'lofs of blood, exchang'd his open play, 
And for his more advantage, clofely lay 
Upon a lower guard; withal expecting 
A hop'd revenge, which was not long effecting : 
For whiPft Amphialusy ( whole hopes inflam'd 
His tyrannous thoughts with conqueft, and proclaim'd 
Undoubted Viftory) heap'd his ftroaks fb faft, 
As if each blow had fcornM to be the laft. 
The watchful Argalus (whole nimble eye 
Difpos'd his time in only putting by) 
Put home a thruft (his right foot coming in) 
And pierc't his Navel, that the wound had been 
No lels than Death, if Fortune (that can turn 
Amifchief to advantage) had forborn 
to fhew a miracle ; for with that blow 
Amphiahts laft made, his arm had fo 


iookiiL 3tgalu£ and ^attfjenia. 187 

Oreftruck it felf ; that fideward to the ground 

j [e fell; and falling, he receiv'd that wound, 

Which ( had he Hood ) had enter'd in point blank, 

But falling, only graz'd upon his flank : 

iking down ; brave Argalus his threatning fword 

Bids yield : Amphialus anfwering not a word 

(As one whofe mighty fpirit did difdain 

A life of alms) but ftriving to regain 

His legs and honour, Argalus let drive, 

With all the ftrength a wounded arm could give, 

Upon his head ; but his hurt arms ( not able 

To do him prefent Service, anfwerable 

Tohisdcfires) let his weapon fall, 

With that Amphialus ( though daz'd withal ) 

Arofe, but Argalus run in and grafp't 

(Being clos'd together) with him, were both clasp't 

And gripM each in th/unfriendly arms of either, 

A while they grapled, grapling, fell together, 

A nd on the ground with equal fortune ftrove : 

Sometimes Amphialus was got above, 

And fometimes Argalus. Both joyntly vow'd 

Revenge ; both wallow'd in their mingled blood, 

Both bleeding frefh : now Argalus bids yield; 

And now Amphialus : both would win the Field, 

Yet neither could ; at laft, by freeconfent 

They rofe ; and to their breathed fwords they went : 

The Combat's now renewed, both laying on, 

As if the fight had been but new begun : 

New wounds aflwage the fmarting of the old, 

And warm blood intermingles with the cold : 

But Argalus (whole wounded arm had loft 

More blood than all his body could almoft 

N 2 Supply 

1 88 aitgalUg and ^attfjettW. Book Ill- 
Supply ; and like an Unthrift, that expends 
So long as he hath either ftock or friends) 
Bled more than his fpent Fountains could make good ; 
His fpirit could give Courage, but not blood. 
As when to wealthy Clients, that wax old 
In fuit (whole learned Counfel can uphold, 
And gloze the Caufe alike on either fide ) 
During the time their termly golden tide 
Shall flow alike from both, 'tis hard to fay 
Who profpers beft, or who fhall get the Day. 
But he whole water firft iliall ceafe to flow, 
And ebb fo long, till it fhall ebb too low, 
His Caufe (though richly laden to the brink 
With right) fhall ftrike upon the bar, and fink, 
And then an eafie Counfel may unfold 
The doubt ; the queftion's ended with the Gold : 
Even fo our Combatants, the whim their blood 
Was equal fpilt ; the Caule feemM equal good, 
The Vi&ory equal, equal was their arms, 
Their hopes were equal ; equal was their harms, 
But when poor Argalus his wafting blood 
Ebb'd in his Veins ( although it made a flood, 
A precious flood in the ungrateful Field, 
His caufe, his ftrength, but not his heart muft yield : 
Thus wounded Argdus the more he faifd, 
The more the proud Amphialus prevailed : 
With that Amfhiatus ( whole noble ftrife 
Was put to purchafe Honour, and not Life) 
Perceiving what advantage in the fight 
He gained, and the valour of the Knight, 
Became his fuitor, that himfelf would pleafe 
To pity himfelf, and let the Combac ceafe : 


Book III. 3tegaiUg and ^attI)ClUa. 191 

Which noble Ar galas ( that never us'd 

In honour to part Rakes) with thanks refus'd ; 

( Like to a lucklefs Gamefter ; who, the more 

He looics, is lefs willing to give ore) 

And filling up his empty veins with ipite, 

Begins to Run his forces, and unite 

The broken ftrength ; (and like a Lamp that makes 

The greateft blaze at going out, he takes 

His iword in both his hands, and at a blow 

Cleft armour, Shield, and arm almoft in two : 

But now inrag'd Amphialas forgets 

All pity ; and trufting to his Cards ; he fets 

That Hock of Courage, treafiir'din hisbreft, 

Making his whole eftate of ftrength, his Reft : 

And vies fuch blows,as %Ar£hu could not fee 

Without his lols of life : fo thundred he 

Upon his wounded body, that each wound 

Seem'd like an op^n fluce of blood, that found 

( 24 ) 

No hand to ftop it, till the doleful cry 
Of a moft beauteous Lady (who well nigh 
Had run her felf to death ) reftrain'd his arm 
( Perchance too late) from doing further harm ; 
It was the fair Partbenia, who that night 
Had dream'd (lie (aw her Husband in the plight 
She now had found him : fear and love together 
Gave her no reft till they had brought her thither : 
The nature of her fear did now begin 
T'expel the fear of Nature ; ftepping in 

N4 Between 

192 3[rgaiu# and ^att^enia. .^ookiiL 

Between iheir pointing (words (he profirate lay 
Before their blood-bedabled feet, to fay 
She knew not what ; for as her lips would ftrive 
To be deliver'd, a deep figh would drive 
Th'abortive iffue of her language forth, 
Which, born untimely, perifht in the birth ; 
And if her fighs would give her leave to vent it, 
O then a tear would trickle and prevent it ; 
But when the wind of her loud fighs had laid 
The fhower of her tears, fhefbb'd, and laid ; 
wretched eyes of mine! wailful fight ! 
day ofdarkntjs ! eternal night \ 
And there fhe ftopt ; her eyes being fixt upon 
Amphialas^ file figh'd, and thus went on ; 

My Lord, 
^Tisflaidyou love ; then by that J acred power 
Of love , as you'd find mercy in an hour 
Of greafeft mifery y leave off, and /heath 
Tour bloody [word : or elfle, if noug ht but death 
M&y flack your anger, let mine, let mine 
Be a fluff c lent offering at the Shrine 
Of your appeafed thoughts ; or, if thou thirft 
For Argalus his lift, then take mine firfl : 
Or, if for noble blood you fleek, if flo. 
Accept of mine ; my blood is noble too, 
And worth the [pilling : Even for her dear fake ■, 
Tour tender floul affects, awake, awake ■ 
Tour noble mercy. Grant I care not whether : 
Let me die firfl ; or kill us both together. 

With that Jmphialus was about to (peak, 
But Arrays (whole heart did almoft break 

Book in 3itgaius and patttyema. 19? 

To hear Parthtnia^s words) made this reply. 

Parthenia, ah Parthenia, Thenmttjt I 
Be bought and fold for tears ? // my condition 
So poor, I cannot //ve y but by petition ? 
So laid ; he ftept afide, ( for fear, by chance, 
The fury of fbme mifguided blow may glance 
And touch Parthenia) and fill'd with high ditclain, 
Would have begun the Combat frefh again : 

But now^w^/W//j'wascharm'd ; his hand 
Had not fufficient warrant to withftand 
Partbenta 1 s fuit, from whofe fair eyes there came 
Such precious tears in fb belov'd a name : 
His eyes grew tender, and his melting heart 
Was overcome; his very foul did fmart : 
He ftirred not, but kept him at a diftance : 
And ( putting by fbme blows) made no refinance. 

But what can long endure ? Lamps wanting oyl, 
Muft out at lad, although they blaze a while : 
Trees wanting fap, mult wither : ftrength and beauty 
Can claim no priviledge to quit that duty 
They owe to lime and Change ; but like a Vine 
(The unfound Supporters falling) muft decline: 
Poor Argalus grew faint, and muft give ore 
To ftrike ; his feeble arms can ftrike no more : 
And natures pale-fac'd Bayly nowdiftrains 
His blood, for that fmall debt that yet remains 
Unpaid : His arm that cannot ufe the point, 
Now leans upon thepomel ; every jovnt 
Difclaims their idle finews ; and his eye 
Begins to double every Objeft by; 
Nothing appears the fame it was ; the ground 
And all thereon doth feem to dance the round : 


1 94 Stgaitlg and ^attljema. Book III. 

His legs grew faint, and thinking to fit down, 
He milt his chair, and fell into a iwound. 

With that Amphialus and Partbenia ran, 
Ran in with haRe, Amphialus began 
Toloofe his Helmet, whil'ft her bu fie palm 
ChaPd his cold Temples, and (diftilling Balm 
Into his wounds) her haftv finders tore 
Her linnen fleeves, and partlet that fhe wore, 
To wipe the tear-mixt blood away, and wrap 
His wounds withal : upon her panting lap 
She laid his livelefs head, and (wanting bands 
To bind his bloody cloaths) her nimble hands 
(As if it were ordained for that end, 
And therefore made fo long) did freely rend 
Her dainty hair by handfuls from her head, 
But as fhe wrapt the wounds, her eyes would fhed 
And wet the ragsfo much, that fhe was fain 
With fighs and fobs, to dry it up again : 
Thus half di-ft rafted with her griefs and fears, 
Thefe words fhe intermingles with her tears. 

D//?r£/?;/Parthenia / Into what afiate 
Hath fortune j and the direful hand of Fate 
Driven thy perplexed foul ? thou, thou, 
That wert the prtfidtnt of all joys but now, 
Now turns the example of all mifery 
For torment sw or fe than death, topractife by ! 
How lefs than nothing art thou ? and bow more, . 
Than miferable ! Thou that wert before 
All Ladies of the earth for happinefs 
But very now ( ah me ! ) now, nothing lefs : 
angry Heavens, what hath Parthenia done. 


Book in. 3trgalit!9t and ^artljenia. 195 

To be thus plagued ? or why not plagued alone, 

If guilty, what jha.Il poor Parthenia do f 

Jo whom f ball f he complain ? aLu ! or who 

Shall give relief? Nay, who can give relief 

To her that hopes for fuccour from her grief ! 

death ! mufl we be parted then for ever : 

And never meet again, what, never, Heist r ? 

Orjhall Parthenia now be fo unkind, 

lo leave her Argalus, And flay behind ? 

No, no, my dear eft Argalus, make room, 

(1 berths room enough in Heaven) I come, I come. 

Whoever faw a dying Coal of fire 
Lurk in warm embers ( till fbme breath infpirc 
A forc't revival) howobfcure it lies, 
And being blown, glimmers a while, and dies* 
So Argal its, to whom Parthenia's breath 
Giving new life, (a life in Ipight of death) 
Recall'd him from his death-refembling trance, 
Who from a panting pillow did advance 
His feeble head, and looking up, he made 
Hardihifttoforcea language, and thus (aid' 

My dear Parthenia, now my glajs is run, 
The Taper tells me, that the play is done, 
My days arefummd, Death feizes M ?m heart ; 
Alas ! the time is come, And we mnfl part : 
Tet by my better hopes, grim death doth bri?ig 
No grief to Argalus, no other fling 
But this, thatlmujl leave thee even before 
My grateful aEtions can crofs the f core 
Of thy dear merits. 

But fnce it pleAfes him, who ft Wifdom if ill 
Diftofes all things by his better Wilt, 


ig6 aitgalttg and $Mtty\\i*. Book III. 

Depend upon his goodnefs, and rely 
Upon his pleafure, not enquiring why, 
And, iruft that one day wejhall meet, and then 
Enjoy each other, n£r to part agen : 
Mean while live happy : Let Parthenia make 
No doubt, Imtblefjed Arg'lus jh a 11 partake 
In all her joys on earth, which fljall increafe 
His joys in Heaven, and fouls eternal peace ; 
Love well the dear remembrance of thy true 
And faithful Arg'lus ; let no thought renew 
My la ft dif grace : Think not the hand of fate 
Made me unworthy, thou unfortunate : 

And as he (pake that word, his lips did vent 
A figh, whofe violence had well-nigh rent 
His heart in twain ; and when a parting kifs 
Had given him earneft of approaching blifs, 
He fhatch'd his fword into his hand, and cry'd, 
O Death \ thou art a Conquerour ; and dy'd. 
With that Parthenia, whofe livelihood was founded 
Upon his life, bow'd down her head and fwounded 
But grief, that ( like a Lion) loves to play 
Before it kills, gave death a longer day, 
Elfe had Parthenia dy'd, fince death deprived 
Him of his life, in whofe dear life Ihe lived. 

But ah ! Parthenia's forrow was too deep ; 
Too too unruly to be lull'd afleep 
By ought but death : flie ftartles from her fwound, 
And nimbly rifing from the loathed ground, 
Kneels down, and lays her trembling hand upon 
His luke-warm lips, but finding his breath gone, 
Grief plays the Tyrant, fierce diftra&ions drive her 
She knows not where, unbounded rage deprives her 


coo SdtgaiUg and ^Sttt)Cnta. BooklH 

Offence and language, here and there file goes, 
Not knowing what to do, nor what fhe does : 
Sometimes her fair mifguided arm will tear 
Her beautious face, fbmetimes her beauteous hair ; 
As if their u(e could (land her in no ftead, 
Since her beloved Argalus was dead. 

But now Amfhidus (that all this (pace 
Stood like an Idol faftned to his place ; 
Wherewith a w 7 orld of tears he did bemoan 
The deed that his unluckly hands had done ) 
Well knowing that his words would aggravate, 
Not eafe the mifery ofherwoful ftate, 
Spake not, butcaus'd her woman that came with her 
To urge her to the ttrry y where together 

With her dead Argalus fhe 'mbarkt ; from whom 

She would not part : No fboner was fhe come 

To t'other fhore, but all the funeral ftate 

Of Military Difeipline did wait 

Upon the Corps, whil'ft troops of trickling eyes 

Fore-ran the well -performed Solemnities : 

The Marfhal Trumpet breath'd her doleful found, 

Whil'ft others trail'd their Enfigns on the ground ; 


Thus was the molt lamented Corps convey 'd 

Upon a Chariot lin'd, and over- laid 

■ l With 

Book III. ^itgaitig and &%tttynia. 201 

With (able, to his houfe, a houfe, than night 
More black, -no more the Palace of Delight ; 
Where now we leave him to receive the Crown 
Prepared for vertue, and defervM renown : 
Where now we leave him to be full pofTeft 
Of endlefs Peace, and everlallingReft. 

But who fhall comfort poor Parthenia now ? 
What Oratory can prevail ? or how 
Can Counfelchoofebut blufh to undergo 
J:>o vain a task, and be condemned too ? 
May reafbn move a heart, whole beft relief 
Confifts in defpVate yielding to a grief ? 
Or what advife can relilh in her ears 
That weeps, and takes a pleafure in her tears ? 
Readers, forbear, for rows that are lamented^ 
Are but exulcerated, but augmented : 
Forbear attempt, where there is no prevailing^ 
A dejf rate grief grows fironger by bewailing, 
Leave htr to time and for tune : let jour eyes 
No longer pry into her miferies : 
True Mourners love to be beheld of none, 
Who truly grieves, defires to grieve alone. 

But now our Blood-houndM//e muft draw,and track 
Ampbialm, and bring the murtherer back 
To a new Combat : Where, if Fortune pleafe 
To crown your Tragick Scene, and to appeafe 
The crying blood of Argalus with blood ; 
Our becter rclifh ftory (making good 
Ypur hopeful expectations) fliall befriend 
The tears of our Parthenia, an end. 

Soon as the flout Amphialns had out-worft 
The danger of his wounds, and made return 

O 3n$© 

Book in. 3!i*gaUt£ and jBatttyema. 20? 

Into the Martial Camp, there to maintain 
His niw got honour, and to entertain 
Aggrieved Challangers, that lhall demand 
Or leek for fitisfa&ion from his hand ; 
An armed Knight camenraunfins; ore the Plain, 

CIO t 

Denouncing War, and breathing for Difdain : 

Four Damlcls ufherM liim in iable weeds ; 

And four came after all on mourning Steeds : 

His curious Armour was (b painted over 

With lively fhadovvs, that ye might dilcover 

The Image of a gaping Sepulchre : 

About the which were icattered here and there 

Some dead men's Bones •* his Horfe was black as Jet 

His Furniture was round about befet 

With branches, flipt from the (ad Cyprefs Tree, 

His bafes (reaching far below the Knee) 

Embroider'd ore with worms : upon his Shield, 

For hislmprefs he had a beauteous Child, 

Whole body had two heads, whereof the t'on 

Appear'd quite dead ; t'other (drawing on) 

Did leem to gafp for breath, and underneath 

Ihis.Motto was fubferib'd, From Deatb y by death : 

ThusarmM to point, he lent his bolddefie 

"VAmphialttSy who lent as quick reply. 


Forthwith being fummon'd by the Trumpets found, 
Theyftart; but brave Amphulus, that found, 
The Knight had mift his Reft, (as yet not met) 
Scorning to take advantage, would not let 

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204 :$£gaiug and ^attljenia. Book in 

HisLauncedeicend, nor ( bravely pauing by ) 
Encounter his befriended Enemy. 

Whereat the angry Knight ( not apt to brook 
Such u nfuppor table mifhap) forlook 
His whice-mouth'd Steed, throwing his Launceafidc t 
(Which too too partial Fortune hath deny'd 
A fair fuccefs) drew forth his glittering Sword; 
Whereat Amphialus lighted, whoabhor'd 
A Conqueft meerly by advantage gain'd, 
Efteeming it but robbed, and not obtain'd) 
Drew forth his Sword, and for a little fpace 
Their {troaks contended with an equal pace, 
And fiercenefs : he herein did more dilcover 
A bravery than anger, vvhiPft the other 
Be wray'd more {plecn, than either skill or ftrength 
To manage it : Amphialus at length, 
With more than wonted eafe, did batter fo 
His ill defended armour, that each blow 
Open'd a door for Death to enter in : 
And now the noble Conquerour does begin 
To hate fb poor a Conqueft, and difdain'd 
To take a life Co eafily obtained, 
Andmov'd with pity,ftepping back, hefUid 
His unrefifted Violence, and faid, 
Sir Kjiight, conteft no more ; but take the peace 
Of your own pajjion : Let the Combat ceafe 9 
Seek not jour cau/lefs mine ; turn your arm 
(Better implofd ) y gain ft fitch as wijh your harm i 
Husband your Life before it be too late y 
Ft H not by him that ne^r dejerv* d your hate. 
To whom the Knight returned thefe words again, 

Thou tyj} falfe Tr&ytQr } and I hire difdatn Both 

Book III. aitgailtg and ^attljema. 205 

Both words and mercy ^ And n ith a bafe defie, 

And to thy thro At my Stvordjh. ill turn the lye. 

To whom A.nvhirdus replied, Uncivil Kjiight, 

(Jouragiotts in nothing but in f fight ^ 

And b.ife difcourtefie, thou foon fbalt know 

Whether thy tongue betrays thy heart or no. 

And as hefpake, he gave himfuch a wound 

Upon the Neck, as ftruck him to the grcuad : 

And with the fall, his Sword (that now deny 'J 

Ail mercy) fiercely tilts into his fide : 

That done ; he loosM his Helmet wirh intent 

To make his over-la vifh tongue repent 

Of thefe bafe words he had fobafely laid, 

Or elfe to crop him fhorter by the head. 

Who ever faw th'illuftrious eye of Noon 
( New broken from a gloomy cloud) fend down 
His earth-rejoycing glory, and difplay 
His golden Beams upon the Sons of Day : 
Even fb the Helmet being gone, a fair 
And coftly Treafiireofunbraided Hair 
Orefpread the fhoulders of the vanquifht Knight, 
Whole now difcoverM vifage ( in defpight 
Of neighb'ring death) did witneis and proclaim 
A fbveraign beauty in Partbenia's Name, 
And fhe it was indeed, fee how fhc lies 
Smiling on death, as if her bleffed eyes 
(Bleft in their beftdefires) had efpied 
His face already, for whofe fake Hie died : 
TheLilliesandtheRofes (that while ere 
Strove in her Cheeks,till they compounded there, 
Have broke their truce,and frefhly fain to blows, 
Behold the Lilly hath orecome the Rofe : 

5 Her 

|c6 SfltgaiUg and ^attljettia. Book III. 

Her Alabafter neck (that did out-go) 
TheDov's in whitenefs, or the new-fall'nSnow) 
Was ftain'd with blood, as if the red did feek 
Prote&ion there, being banifh't from her Cheek : 
So full of fweetnefs was her dying face, 
That Death had not the power to difplace 
Her native beauty ; only by tranflation, 
Moulded and cloathed in a newer fafhion. 

( 28) 

But now Jmphialus (in whom grief and fliame 
Of this unlucky Viftory, did claim 
An equal Intereft) proftrate on the earth, 
AccursM his fword, his arm, his hour of birth ; 
Cafting his Helmet, and his Gauntlet by, 
His undifTemhling tears did teftifie 
What words could not: but finding her Eftate 
More apt for help than grief ( though both too late) 
Crept on his Knees, and begging pardon of her, 
His hands ( his often curfed hands) did proffer 
Their need lei's help, and with his Life to fhow 
What honour a devoted heart could do : 
Whereto Partknia (whole expiring breath 
Gave fpeedy figns of a defired death ) 
Turning her fixt ( but ofc recalled ) eyes 
Upon Jmphia/us, faintly thus replies. 

Sir, you have done enough. And I require 
JVo more : Tour hand have done what I defire y 
Whtfl exjtetf : and if ' again ft your mtl y 



jBookifl. 3trgaW ahd ^attljcnia. 209 

The better ; /a I wifb jonr favours (till : 

Tet one thing more, (if Enemas may fue) 
I crave, which is, to be untouch' 7 by you; 
And as for honour, all that I demand, 
Is, not to pur chafe honour from your hand : 
No, no, 'twas no fuck Bargain made, J hat be 
IVhofe hands had killed my Ar^lus,fhould help me : 
Tour hands have done enough, I crave no more ', 
And for the deed?s fake, I forgive the Doer. 

What then remains, but that I go to rejl 

With Argaius, and to be repojfcjl 

Ofh:m, with him for ever to abide, 

Ere (uxe who ft death I have foiften r'i*d. 

And' there fhe fainted (even asiftheClocfc 

Of Death had given a warning ere it (truck) 

But foon returning to her felf again : 

Welcome frveet death, (aid (he, who fe minutes pain 

Shall crown this foul with ever Lifting pleafure : 

Delay me not : dome not that wrong, 

My Argaius will chide, I flay fo long ; 

now IfeeltheGordian-knotted bands 

Of life untied ; heavens ! Into y.our hands 

1 recommend my bttter part, with truft 
1o findyou much more merciful thanjufl, 

( Tet truly jufl withal ) Life ! Death ! 
J call you to a Witnefs, thai this breath 
Ne'r drew a blafl of Comfort fince that hour 
My Arg'lus died : thou eternal power, 
Shroud all my faults behind the milk-white Vail 
Of thy dear mercy \ and when this tongue fo all fail 


, 4 - 

sio 3ttgaltig and^art^enis. Book in 

Toffenk : then. 

Andasfhefpake(0 then) Othen fhe left 
Tofpeak ; and being fiiddenly bereft 
Of words, the fatal Sifter did divide 
Her {lender twine of Life, and fb (lie di'd. 
Sodi'd P&rthenid, in whofeclofedeyes 
The World of beauty and perfection lies 
Lockt up by Angels, (as a thing divine) 
From mortal eyes, the whii'ft her vertues fhine 
In perfecl glory, in the throne of glorv, 
Leaving the world no relique but the ftory 
Of earth's Perfection; for the mouth of Fame 
To confederate to her eternal Name, 
Which fhall fiirvive (if Mules can divine) 
( Though not in theft poor Monuments of mine) 
To th'endof dais, and by the loofer rimes, 
Shall be deliver W to fucceeding times ; 
So longpas Beauty fhall but find a friend, 
Parthema's lafting fame fhall never end : 
Till, to be truly vertuous, to be chaft, 
Be held a Sin, Partheni^s Name fhall laft. 

Thus when Amfhialus had put out this Lamp, 
This Lamp of honour, he forfook the Camp, 
And like a willing Prifoner, was confin'd 
To the ftrift limits of a troubled mind : 
No Jury need b'impaneird or agreed 
Upon the Verdift, none to atteftthe deed ; 
None to give fentence in the Judgment- Hall ; 
HimfelfwasWitnefs, Jury, Judge, and all ; 
Where now we leave him, whil'ft we turn our eyes 
Upon Panhema's Women, whole fierce cryes 
Inforce a helplefs Audience : It is (aid, 


Book in 3rgalttjs and ^attljetiia. 211 

■ W 1 — — • — 

When Troy was taken, fuch a Cry was made. 

One fnatcht PartheniJs fword, refolvM to die 

Partben'uCs death : Another raving by, 

Strove for the weapon ; through which eager flrife, 

They bodi were hundred, and each fav'd a Life. 

Others, whom wifer pallions had taught how 

To grieve at eafier rates, did rudely throw 

Their carelefs Bodies on the purple floor : 

Where fprinkling duffc upon their heads, they tore 

Their tangled hair, and garments drench't inteans, 

And cry'd,asif Parthemah blefled ears 

Could hear the Voice of grief, fuch griefs as would 

Return her from her glory, if they could : 

Each heart was turnMa VVardrobeoftrue paffion, 

VVhere griefs were clothed in a feveralfafhion, 

Sometimes their forrow would recall to view 

Her Vertue, Chaflnefs, Sweetnefs, and renew 

Their waited paflions,and oft-times they bann'd 

Themfelves for obeying her unjuft Command. 

And now by this the mournful Trump of Fame 

( Grown hoarfe with very fbrrow) did proclaim 

And ipread her doleful tydings, whil'ft all ears 

And eyes were fill'd with death and Aiding tears : 

Pity and forrow,mixt with Admiration, 

Became the threefold fubje&s of all paffion : 

Grief went her progrefs through all hearts, or none, 

From the poor Cottage to the Princely Throne : 

Could one a thought, whpfe beft advice could borrow 

The fmalleft refpite from th'extreamsof forrow. 

But all this while, Bajtl/'us Princely breft, 
As it commanded, foout-grievM thereit : 
Hisfhare was treble : Hearts of Kings are deep 


2t2 SttgalUg and ^att^CUia Book III. 

And clofe ; what once they entertain, they keep 
With Violence : the violence of his paflion 
Admits no means, as yet, no moderation : 


But ibon as grief had done her private Rights 
And Dues to Honour : Honour (that delights 
In publick Service, and can make the breath 
Of fighs and fobs to triumph over Death) 
Call'd in Solemnity, with all her train 
And Military Pomp, to entertain 
Our welcome Mourners, whole flow paces tread 
The paths of death ; and with fad Triumph lead 
The (lumbering body to that bed of reft, 
Where nothing c^n difquiet, or moleft 
Her facred Afhes ; there intombed lay 
The valliant Argaks ; and there they fay, 
Ere fince that time, t\?ArcadUns once a year, 
Vifit the Ruines of their Sepulchre ; 
And in memorial of their faithful Loves, 
There built an Altar, where two milk-white Doves 
They yearly offer to the hallowed Fame 
Of ArgdtiSy and his Parthenias Name, 


214 3ttgaitt0 and 4&a?tt)etua. Book III 

Hfis ego Verficulos. 

Like to the Damask Rofe you fee , 
1 Or like the Blojjom on a Tree y 
Or like the dainty Flower of May, 
Or like the Morning to the day. 
Or like the Sun, or like the (hade, 
Or like the Gourd that Jonas had : 
Evenfuch is man, whofe thread is fpu# 9 
Drawn out, and cut, and jo is done. 

The Rofe withers, the Blojfom blajteth, 
The Flower fades, the morning hajleth, 
The Sunfets, thejhadow flies, 
T he Gourd conjumes, and man he dies, 

Like to the blaze of fond delight ; 
Or like a mornipg clear and bright, 
Or like a Froft, or like a [bower, 
Or like the Pride of Babel's Tower, 
Or like the hour that guides the time? 
Or like to Beauty in her Prime : 

Evenfuch is man, whoje glory lends 

His life a blaze or two, and ends. 

Delights vmijh, the morn ore-cafleth, 
The Frojl breaks, the jhower hajleth, 
The Tower falls, the hourfpends 7 
The beauty fades , and Man*slije ends. 

Fr. Quarles, 

215 3HrgalujS and ^arttjeuia. Book in 
The Author's Dream. 

MTSins are like the hairs upon my bead, 
And raife their Audit to as high a [core * 
In this they differ : Theft do daylyjhed ; 
But ah ! ?n_y Sins grow doyly more and more. 
If by my hairs thou numbir out my fins ; 
Heaven make me bald before the day begins 

My Sins are lite the Sands uf on thejbore, 
Which every ebb lays open to the eye : 
In this they differ : Ihefe are covered ore 
With every lide ; my fins ft ill open lye. 
If thou wilt make my head a Sea of Tears 5 
they will hide the fins of all my years. 


My Sins are like the Stars within the Skies, 
In view, in number, even as bright, as great : 
In this they differ : Ihefedofetandri/e; 
But ah ! my fins do rtfe, but heverjet. 
Shine Sun of glory, and my fins are gone ^ 
hike twinkling Stars before the rifing Sim. 

Fr. Quarles